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BBC may start using Netflix subscription model as TV licence faces axe

By Joseph Locker

The BBC may be considering a subscription model similar to streaming giant Netflix ahead of plans to axe the TV licence, according to reports. Alternative plans may also include a tax linked to household incomes.

Discussions between top-brass at the BBC come as culture secretary Nadine Dorries looks set to publish a white paper on the future of broadcasting in the near future. Proposed changes to the BBC licence fee come as the Government also considers controversially selling off Channel 4.

According to reports BBC executives met and discussed two different models amid plans to scrap the TV licence fee altogether in 2027, according to The Times.

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During these conversations it was said a Netflix-style subscription service, or a television tax linked to household incomes, were being considered. No final decision has been made.

The cost of an annual TV Licence fee increased from £157.50 to £159 from April 1, 2021, while an annual black and white licence increased from £53.00 to £53.50. The price hike comes as the cost of living, including energy bills and fuel, soars.

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