‘I’m not paying it!’ BBC ‘death certificate has been signed’ as licence fee pushed to 2038

BBC licence fee: Caller says she will 'not pay anymore'

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A caller told talkRADIO she will “never pay for it again” as she blasted the government’s extension of the TV licence fee. Jan from Barnsley told host Cristo Foufas last night that “MP’s have just signed the BBC’s death certificate” as the fee was extended to 2038. She added “I don’t watch the BBC anyway, at all” so “I’m not paying it!” Her comments come as a report from a Commons select committee found the government was unable to find an alternative way to fund the BBC so the fee must remain in place. A review is of the fee will take place before 2027.

In a damming phone-in to the talkRADIO show Jan from Barnsley outlined her reasoning for not paying the BBC licence fee until 2038.

She said: “I’m going to put my hand up and gonna say I’m not paying it, I’m not paying it anymore.

“MP’s have just signed the BBC’s death certificate.

“I’m never going to pay for it again.

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She was then asked by host Cristo what she will watch instead and how she will get her news.

Jan replied: “When the new GB (News) comes out I’ll watch that on Facebook or the internet.”

Jan explained she didn’t “watch the BBC anyway, at all.”

She added that she had also talked her husband into not paying the fee and he’s “alright with it”.

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Earlier this week the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) select committee concluded in a lengthy report “the licence fee remains the preferred option”.

The committee has been looking into different funding models for the BBC but has backed the licence fee again as they ran out of time to find a viable alternative source of funding.

Julian Knight, DCMS Committee Chair and Conservative MP, said: “It’s clear that the BBC TV licence fee has a limited shelf life in a digital media landscape.

“Instead of coming up with a workable alternative, it has sealed its own fate through a failure to develop a broadband infrastructure that would allow serious consideration of other means to fund the BBC.”

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The MPs said the shift to a different model in the UK would involve disruption and could allow opponents of the BBC to raise questions about its entire future.

A BBC spokesperson said in response to the report: “We welcome this thorough and detailed report.”

“It is an endorsement of the crucial role played by public service broadcasters and the BBC as well as a clear call to build a strong future.

“We welcome the conclusion that the licence fee is the best way of funding a universal BBC.”

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