Director General gives BBC Licence Fee at least 10 years of life

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 22 June 2015

The BBC's nightmare scenario of a very hostile Conservative government may have come to pass but Director General Tony Hall has bullishly defended the Licence Fee hated by many in the ruling party.

BBCIndeed in an interview with the Financial Times Hall claimed that the Licence Fee, which currently generates £3.7 billion a year, has at least "ten years of life left in it.", Tony Hall, the director-general of the BBC, has said.

Such talk comes at a crucial time with the Royal Charter that sets BBC funding about to commence within the next year. Despite some MP's views that the Licence fee had no long-term future, the general feeling was that there was no real alternative and Hall reminded the FT that viewer and listener support for the licence fee had increased, and the principle remained that, "by everybody paying something, we all get great services for a lot less than if you went down a subscription model or some other route".

Hall also ruled out positioning the BBC as adopting the so-called market failure model whereby it focused on programmes that commercial channels could not produce.
"I don't think we're there to be a market failure BBC," he said. "When we ask our audiences, that's not what they believe either."