Posted 4.40pm UK time
Almost 60 per cent of Brits say that the TV Licence Fee cannot continue as it is, according to a major new poll.
The survey, which comes just weeks after fury erupted over the extortionate pay packets of BBC presenters like Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball, found that more than a third of people think funds raised by the Licence Fee are spent ‘unreasonably’. Respondents over the age of 55 were more than twice as likely as younger people to believe that the BBC spends its funds from the Licence Fee unreasonably (46 per cent vs. 21 per cent).
The polling, commissioned by Defund the BBC and conducted by Savanta ComRes, found that half of Brits believe you should not have to pay for the Licence Fee if you only watch non-BBC live television.
The BBC, who have been inundated with accusations of pursuing a left wing, pro-Remain, ‘woke’ agenda will be concerned that a huge 43 per cent of Brits do not think the BBC reflects ‘British values’.
14 per cent of Brits said that they never watch BBC TV channels and only a quarter of Brits said that they watch BBC TV channels every day.
Commenting on the findings, Rt Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP said:
‘Public opinion on the BBC is clearly moving and that means it’s time for a root and branch review on whether or not the public want a fully funded public broadcaster and, if so, what functions that broadcaster should fulfil.’
Rebecca Ryan, Campaign Director of Defund the BBC said:
‘This poll clearly demonstrates that the British public is overwhelmingly opposed to the Licence Fee in its current form.
‘There are rightly serious concerns over the way that the Licence Fee is spent, particularly given the eye watering sums paid to certain BBC presenters.
‘It is also extremely worrying that the BBC has alienated such huge swathes of British people who do not think it represents their values.
‘Decriminalising the Licence Fee is just the first step to radical reform. The next move is to ensure the Licence Fee only covers BBC output.’
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