Peter Kellow, DRP Leader, comments...
The ban on advertising on the public channel in exchange for paying a licence fee and keeping programme quality high may have made sense when there were only two or three channels fifty years ago.
But now, with the BBC dumbed down to the common denominator, can the compulsory fee continue?
Personally the only programmes I watch are the few dinosaur programmes left like Newsnight and Question Time which were invented before TV went crap.
If you choose to pay, as with Canal + in France and HBO in the US, you can insist on quality - even if it is minority taste. If its free you get what you pay, or haven't paid, for.
There is still quality left on BBC Radio, particular Radio 4, so hive that off and let the government pay for it. Radio is dirt cheap.
Daily Telegraph, Monday 10 March 2014
BBC denies it is planning funding by subscription
The BBC has dimissed claims it plans to scrap the licence fee and replace it with a subscription service. The corporation said it was instead considering an "enforced membership scheme" from 2020
The BBC said it could ditch the licence fee and replace it with the scheme from 2020 Photo: AP
The BBC has denied it plans to scrap the licence fee and replace it with a subscription service.
The corporation said it was instead considering an "enforced membership scheme" from 2020 but when asked to elaborate, was unable to explain how the system would differ from the current arrangement.
Yesterday, the BBC insisted a Sunday Times report that the licence fee should be scrapped and replace by subscriptions was incorrect.
The newspaper said the radical plan came as the BBC faced swingeing cuts ahead of its charter renewal at the end of 2016.
If adopted, it would lead to the greatest change to the BBC since its creation in 1922.