All aspects of how the BBC is run and paid for will be reviewed when its charter comes up for renewal, Britain’s culture secretary says. Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee doubts BBC licence fee will survive.
Sajid Javid said “everything” would be looked at, including licence fees and governance structures, when negotiations get under way.
Senior Tories have previously called the compulsory annual charge paid by British viewers out of date and warned it faces the axe but BBC executives insist a subscription system could end up costing more money.
Javid said plans for the process of renewing the charter, which expires in December 2016, were being worked on.
He told Total Politics: “We will announce plans in due course. That will be a time to look at all aspects of the BBC: governance arrangements, licence fees and so forth. That’s where we plan to look at everything.”
The renewal negotiations will take place on the back of a torrid few years in which the British broadcaster was lambasted for its handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal, massive executive pay-offs and a Newsnight investigation that led to the late Lord McAlpine being wrongly accused of child abuse.
Conservative MP John Whittingdale, chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, reportedly told senior BBC executives earlier this month that he did not believe the licence fee would survive.