BBC licence fee from a bygone age! Boris under pressure as Lords demand immediate reform
Published at : 26 Jan 2021
Baroness Kate Hoey has led demands from peers for the Government to decriminalise the BBC TV licence fee.
Last week Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden scrapped plans to decriminalise the licence fee. He warned the alternatives risked higher fines for those who evaded the payment.
Today the House of Lords placed fresh pressure on the Government over the issue and asked why proposals to decriminalise had been dropped.
Baroness Hoey said the licence fee belonged to a "bygone age" and should be abolished.
The non-affiliated peer told the Lords: "Older people are turning off the BBC and younger people have never even turned on.
"The licence fee itself represents a bygone age and should be abolished to be replaced by a choice based alternative."