BBC considers two-tier licence fee with no-frills option to keep cash coming in

BBC considers two-tier licence fee with no-frills option to keep cash coming in

New director-general has planned a scheme that will allow a premium and a standard package. The premium package would allow viewers access to high profile programmes such as The Night Manager, the Bodyguard, and Normal People. The new director-general wishes to find a new funding model that would stay in place until 2027.

But Mr Davie has said the BBC will not become a subscription service like Netflix.

The license fee currently costs £157.50 per year.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: “This is all at a very early stage but the two-tier structure is being discussed at the higher echelons.

“You would effectively have a cut-price version including the main aspects of telly and radio stations.

“But there would be a gear-change with the next offer to the public, which could include the high-production dramas and possibly some sports.

“The view is very clear that the corporation has to stay relevant.

“People now have so many add-on services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, that they feel they may not be using a lot of what the BBC has to offer.

“By offering a smaller product, it’s likely to win over those who dip in but don’t watch, listen or read BBC output as much as before.”

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Mr Davie has outlined his views on how he will update the corporation.

Last week at a speech in Cardiff he said, “more people feel the BBC is for them”.

He added: “Our aim is not to beat others at their own game. It is to focus on being more, rather than less, BBC.

“More distinctive and committed to our unique public-service mission.

“We do not need all of everyone’s media time but we do need habitual use of the BBC and a deep attachment to at least some of our content.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I do not want a subscription BBC that serves the few.”

Published at Sun, 06 Sep 2020 14:34:00 +0000