BBC Licence Fee Survey
In 1946, the TV licence fee was introduced to fund television after the Second World War. At the time, there was one channel and one broadcaster, the BBC. Now, people have a choice of hundreds of channels, broadcasters and online streaming services, but non-payment of the licence fee remains a criminal offence.
The BBC has an annual budget of around £5 billion of which the licence fee raises £4 billion. The fee gives the BBC a massive commercial advantage over other broadcasters. Given the huge array of choice people now have, it is right to ask whether this should be continued.
The BBC was established to be an independent and impartial national broadcaster. However, there is a growing feeling across the country, that the BBC no longer embodies that idea. Whether it is proposing to censor 'Rule, Britannia!' at the Last Night of the Proms or the distinct lack of impartiality in BBC reporting and commentary, people's faith in the broadcaster has been undermined.
I think it's time we seriously consider the future of the BBC's funding and whether the national broadcaster is still up to the job. I want to hear your thoughts, so please complete the survey below to help inform my work, representing you, in Parliament.
Note: In the survey below, 1 on the scale means very bad value for money, biased, and untrustworthy and 10 means very good value for money, unbiased and trustworthy.