More than half of Brits believe BBC licence fee should be scrapped


MORE than half of Brits think the BBC licence fee should be scrapped.

Fifty seven per cent instead want a subscription service like Netflix or Sky, a poll reveals.

More than half of poll respondents back the BBC licence fee being scrapped


Out of 1,000 questioned in a Sun-commissioned survey by OnePoll, just 43 per cent feel the BBC provides value for money with its annual £157.50 licence fee.

Only ten per cent said they would be prepared to pay £160 or more.

The troubling opinion poll result is the latest headache for the scandal-hit corporation.

It is still reeling from the controversy of The Proms ditching the words to Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory over woke concerns about slavery connotations.

The survey reveals 49 per cent thought it was wrong to ditch the lyrics. Only one fifth thought the songs were racist.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen says the BBC is not fit for purpose

The Beeb is also facing criticism over its decision to scrap free licences for over-75s — and hiring 800 agents to ensure they pay.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: “The BBC and its funding model is not fit for not only the future but even today.

“I warned them during the last charter renewal that they should move to a subscription model.

“But they chose to stick with the licence funding model. As we have seen with the rise of Netflix and streaming services that was a huge mistake.

“Their decision on Rule, Britannia! just reinforces people’s belief that the BBC is run by and for a metropolitan elite that is completely out of touch.

“This is why the BBC could never understand how people voted to leave the EU because they are completely out of touch with the average Brit.”

The BBC said it is happy to debate the funding model — but not until the next charter talks.

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