As Britons demand change, the BBC licensing model has been savaged as “completely archaic.”


As Britons demand change, the BBC licensing model has been slashed as “completely archaic.”

A disgruntled BBC radio listener slammed the fee system as “archaic” as the BBC licensing row heated up once more.

A BBC Radio 5 listener slammed the TV licence system as antiquated in today’s world, arguing that a subscription-based model would be better for the broadcaster.

Caller Darren from Linlithgow predicts the BBC will admit it will need to “restructure” over the next five to ten years in order to maintain its audience.

It comes as anger grows over the corporation’s decision to backtrack on its free license for the over-75s scheme.

“I’m coming from a consumer and customer experience perspective,” said caller Dave.

“It’s the licensing model that’s archaic because if it were a commercial organization – I know it’s difficult to compare the two – it would already be de-bundled.”

“I believe that a restructure is required over the next five to ten years.”

“There needs to be a de-bundling so that there is a call license fee that is still publically funded because I’m a big supporter of that,” the Linlithgow caller continued, “but it’s more of a hybrid model.”

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“There’s also a subscription-based extension to that, so if people want big boxsets, recipes, and so on, I believe they can get it.”

“Take a look at the smorgasbord of options the BBC now provides for a single license fee.”

Since 2016, the license fee has increased, and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has stated that she is considering freezing the £159 fee for a year.

One of the main concerns about rising costs is the elderly in the United Kingdom, who are increasingly unable to pay the annual fees.

While taking questions from MPs in the Commons, Ms Dorries outlined her plans for the broadcasters.

“The BBC’s part of that was that they would continue to fund the over-75s in exchange for no license fees.”

“As part of that agreement, the government agreed to a rise in the licence fee as well as some other benefits for the BBC.”

“Will the Government do anything about our part because the BBC has broken their part of the agreement?”

“It’s something I’m still thinking about,” Ms Dorries responded.

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