Advisory panel calls for BBC licence fee to be axed

LONDON - An upcoming report on Tory party media policy is expected to propose that the BBC's funding should be changed from the licence fee regime to come out of general taxation or a government grant.

BBC licence fee under attack from Tory advisory panel
BBC licence fee under attack from Tory advisory panel

According to The Guardian, the proposal is designed to allow the money the BBC spends on collecting the £142.50 annual charge to be saved and put into a fund to pay for public service broadcasting on commercial channels.

The proposal has come from a panel of 12 senior media industry figures, chaired by the former BBC director-general Greg Dyke and including Shine TV's chief executive, Elisabeth Murdoch.

The panel's report is expected to be published next month.