John Whittingdale

BBC licence fee ‘not settled’

The amount the BBC charges UK consumers for its channels and services has not been set, culture secretary John Whittingdale has told a radio show on the UK pubcaster Radio 4 station. It was widely understood that the licence fee had been set to increase in line with inflation, as part of a July agreement […]

David Puttnam to oversee new BBC inquiry

Filmmaker David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire) is to chair a new independent investigation into public service broadcasting in the UK. The probe comes amid debate over the future of UK pubcaster the BBC and several government-backed investigations into its role and remit. Puttnam, a Lord who sits on the Labour party benches, is known to […]

UK government examines Channel 4 privatisation

The UK government is examining the privatisation of Channel 4, official papers have revealed. Pictures were taken of the official documents – marked ‘sensitive’ – as a government official carried them into Downing Street. A portion of the visible text read: “Work should proceed to examine the options of extracting greater public value from the […]

UK government orders independent BBC review

The UK government has appointed former Virgin Money and Prudential chairman and former Bank of England deputy governor Sir David Clementi to head up an independent review into how the BBC is governed and regulated. The review will form part of the ongoing BBC Charter renewal process. Clementi has been tasked with coming up with […]

Whittingdale: BBC future debate justified

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION FESTIVAL: UK Conservative government minister John Whittingdale has admitted “most people” see the BBC licence fee as “good value for money” here at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, but claims debates over its future shape are justified. John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, made the admission during a […]

Airey, Highfield, Mahon join BBC review panel

UK culture secretary John Whittingdale has appointed an eight-strong panel to advise the government ahead of UK pubcaster the BBC having its Charter renewed. The Charter outlines the scope of the BBC’s activities and the licence fee it can command the new panel will meet about six times a year to advise Whittingdale ahead of […]

Confirmed: BBC to foot licence fee bill for over-75s

The UK government has ordered public broadcaster the BBC will foot a £600 million (US$929.4 million ) bill for free TV licences for over-75s. This is to be phased in from 2018/19, with the Corporation taking on the full cost from 2020/21. Estimates of the cost range from between £600 million and more than £650 […]

BBC says licence fee has ’10 years left’

The BBC licence fee model has got “10 years life in it”, according to director general Tony Hall, who agreed that the payment model should be reformed in some way. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show over the weekend, Hall agreed with a report by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee earlier this year […]

‘No long-term future’ in BBC licence fee, say MPs

There BBC’s licence fee model is becoming “harder and harder to justify, ” with a broadcasting levy on all households a preferred alternative, according to a major new report by a committee of MPs. The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which will launch the report in the House of Commons this afternoon, called for “major […]