Disaster for BBC as 237,000 families stop paying licence fee costing £40million


In dictate to watch or record live television in the UK each household needs a £157.50 TV dispensation. However, there is speculation an increasing number of families are instead spending the profit on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Blanket, the BBC’s licence fee revenue fell by £170million in the past year as the Rule also cut support used to provide free licences to those superannuated over 75.

The BBC is struggling in particular with young people who the report institute watch nearly as much content on YouTube as produced by the corporation.

Currently the common person aged between 16 and 34 watches just seven and a half hours of BBC essence, a figure significantly lower than for older age groups.

Overall, the ratio of the country that watches BBC1 at least once a week fell from 68 percent to 65.4 percent.

270,000 less households are now grease someones palm the BBC licence fee (Image: GETTY)

Tim Davie the new BBC Director General (Image: GETTY)

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BBC2 also suffered a downgrade from 42.9 percent to 41.9 percent.

The only BBC channels which succeeded in lengthening their audiences were BBC News and BBC Parliament, likely related to last year’s scenario around Brexit.

The report explained: “Young adults watched 11 hours a week on all TV moats on average – decreasing around 75 minutes year on year.

“In difference, the time they spent using the TV set for subscription video on demand, contesting, YouTube and other purposes increased – up to around 40 minutes per week to justifiable over nine hours weekly on average.”

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It is unauthorized to watch live TV in the UK without a licence (Image: GETTY)


Whilst its returns fell the number of senior managers employed by the BBC rose by three to 153.

In entire 106 of these earn more than £150,000 per year entrusting them a higher pay than the Prime Minister.

Another 76 BBC presenters and names also earn more than Boris Johnson.

Last year Tim Davie, the arriving BBC director general, earned £642,000 as head of BBC Studios.

76 BBC presenters, including Gary Lineker, gross more than the Prime Minister (Image: GETTY)

Young individual spend nearly as much time watching YouTube as the BBC (Image: GETTY)

Dissimilar to most BBC roles BBC Studios is not funded by licence fee payments and Mr Davie has coincided to take a pay cut in his new potion.

In a statement the BBC said: “Some measures are not going in the only direction.

“Headcount has increased from 19,231 to 19,572 and senior director numbers have gone up from 250 to 253.

“As the new director general has guessed, the BBC will keep a focus on cost reduction so that the public serving headcount is smaller.

“The BBC also has to do more to better serve and reflect all liberty fee payers.

“It is critical that the BBC gets this right.”

Earlier this year Defund The BBC was set to campaign for the decriminalisation of TV licence non-payment.

The group has since picked up from 95,000 followers on Twitter.

Boris Johnson has previously suggested non-payment of the disregard fee could be decriminalised (Image: GETTY)

Reacting to the news Rebecca Ryan, Defund The BBC’s crusade director, commented: “Whilst the BBC rinses cash-strapped Brits, the rich are like richer.

“The BBC extracted much of this money from licence fee payers, directed threat of harassment and prosecution.

“It is unacceptable that the Corporation see fit to pay such gargantuan salaries.

“In the current climate, with so many people furloughed or faade redundancy or their businesses closing, it is a kick in the teeth to see the BBC being disclosed such largesse.”

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