BBC panics: Dorries declares END of licence fee but Beeb warns of ‘spiral of decline’


It is one of several policy announcements the Government is lining up as Boris Johnson attempts to regain public popularity following calls for his resignation after he last week admitted to have attending a party in the Downing Street garden during the first nationwide lockdown.

Ms Dorries has also indicated that a new funding model for the BBC would be sought by 2027, when the corporation’s Royal Charter is next up for renewal.

Her critics, including BBC presenter Dan Walker, have pointed to the volume of output the BBC produces, for 43 pence a day for license fee payers.

The Telegraph reported on Sunday that the Culture Secretary and the broadcaster had concluded negotiations on acrid terms.


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