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  • UK govt to freeze BBC's licence fee for 2 years
  • UK govt plans to do away with licence fee for BBC in 2027
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UK govt to cut BBC's funding by freezing licence fees for 2 years

The fee will remain at £159 for two years and for the 4 years after that it will rise in line with inflation. In 2027, the British govt plans to scrap the licence fee funding model for the BBC completely. 

The UK govt has decided to cut funding for the BBC by freezing the licence fee that users pay for the broadcaster's varied services for 2 years.

The fee will remain at £159 for two years and for the 4 years after that it will rise in line with inflation. In 2027, the British govt plans to scrap the licence fee funding model for the BBC completely.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries told the Parliament on Monday that at a time when inflation is burning a hole in people's pocket, the govt could not justify the extra burden of a licence fee.

She said that the public broadcaster needed to become a simpler, leaner organisation and ready to take on the challenges of modern broadcasting.

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The BBC in a statement said that the development was disappointing and added that its income for UK services is already 30% lower in real terms than it was 10 years ago.

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