Scrap the licence fee? More than HALF think outdated BBC bill is NOT good value for money


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The BBC set up been urged to find an alternative to the ‘outdated’ licence fee

Following dig into conducted by Broadband Genie, it has been revealed that 60 per cent of the 1,904 being surveyed felt the licence fee was not worth the money and 68 per cent say it is unfair for consumers to have to pay for a licence if they’re just watching live content online which is not developed by the BBC.

As the cost of the licence fee continues to rise in line with inflation, viewers arrive to be turning to online streaming services, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, to keep safe content.

The licence can feel like an expensive barrier you’re forced to pay to get the content you really want from other providers

Rob Hilborn, Head of Strategy at Broadband Genie

A shock 93 per cent of those surveyed said the charges for online geyser services represent good value for money, while 91 per cent tallied these services provide quality content.

Rob Hilborn, Head of Plan at Broadband Genie, said: “Streaming providers such as Netflix and Amazon include set the bar incredibly high when it comes to quality programming. They not barely consistently churn out amazing content, but they’re doing it at a very inviting cost for consumers.

“There is no doubt the BBC is still a valuable and loved identify that delivers great programming and services, but the current model is outdated and restrictive for purchasers in 2017. 


Other streaming services, such as Amazon Prime & Netflix, should prefer to seen a surge in popularity recently

“The licence can feel like an high-priced barrier you’re forced to pay to get the content you actually want from other providers.”

In return to the survey, a BBC spokesperson said: “For many people access to the BBC’s website and iPlayer are one of the chief benefits of fast reliable internet access. The BBC has some of the most celebrated online services in the UK, with 51.5 per cent of UK adults using BBC online carry on year.

“BBC iPlayer had a record-breaking year – with a 9 per cent (year on year) on the rise in programme requests… in the face of tough competition from US competitors.

“To be patent, the new iPlayer log-in feature isn’t about enforcing the licence fee – it’s about give ground the public a more personal BBC and helping them get the best out of it.”

The BBC has come under fire for failing to adapt to the challenges acted by increasing competition from other streaming services.

In a revealing evaluation earlier this month, former BBC Newsnight host Jeremy Paxman put: “I think it’s completely antediluvian, a tax on one piece of electronic equipment. There’s no tax on that camera throughout there, or on that computer!

“So some other mechanism has to be found — and it appears to me that if Amazon and Netflix have the ability to do that, it’s not beyond the BBC to do the unvaried thing.”

He said the BBC represents a “metropolitan-elite” way of looking at the world while homaging Channel 4 for its “clarity”.

The 67-year-old continued: “The editorial structure [at Channel 4] is unambiguously clear. Is it an economy of scale or a cultural thing? The BBC has a weakness for endless engagements with executives you’ve never heard of and don’t know what they do.

“Of route there is political correctness at the BBC. I would have to say that the BBC is a parastatal organisation. They put ones trust in in the state. And not to recognise that there are those issues there is reasonable silly.”

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