Jan 17, 2022: According to a report by Reuters, the UK government said on Monday it would freeze BBC funding for two years and begin debating whether universal license fees should continue in the age of modern television, drawing complaints from oppostion.
Complaints of “cultural vandalism” have surfaced from oppostion. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries told Parliament that the corporation, which is at the heart of Britain’s cultural life, needed to become a simple, lean organization at a time when the British people were facing rising energy and tax bills.
Dorries said the tax on all television owners’ households that funds the broadcaster would be frozen at 159 pounds ($ 217) a year until 2024, before it could rise in line with inflation for the next four years. Dorries also added that the new settlement of license costs would raise about 3.7 billion for the BBC.
However, analysts have said a below-inflation budget will force the corporation to cut services.
The BBC, has clashed in recent years with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, with ministers accusing it of failing to provide impartial news.
Meanwhile, Lucy Powell, the opposition Labour spokeswoman for culture, told parliament that the funding freeze was an attack on one of the biggest institutions in British public life, and accused Dorries of “cultural vandalism”.
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