AROUND two-thirds of Britons want to see the BBC licence fee scrapped, a major poll has found.
The news comes as leading Conservative MPs called for a root-and-branch review of the corporation’s funding.
Fifty-nine per cent of Britons say the TV licence fee cannot continue in its current form, according to the survey of 2,274 people aged 18 or over.
According to the poll by Savanta ComRes, the majority of people are in favour of reform with just 32 per cent backing the status quo.
More than a third are also unhappy with the way their licence fee money is spent, this follows arguments as to if BBC staff should be paid million with presenters like Gary Lineker and Zoe Ball, the two highest earners taking in £1.75 million and £1.36 million from the corporation respectively. Thirty-four per cent said the way it spent funds was “unreasonable”.
An even larger proportion 43 per cent said that the BBC did not reflect “British values” amid accusations that it has pursued a left-wing, Remain and “woke” agenda
Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said: “Public opinion on the BBC is clearly moving and that means it’s time for a root-and-branch review on whether or not the public want a fully funded public broadcaster and, if so, what functions that broadcaster should fulfil.”
Conservative MP Lee Anderson tore up his licence fee at the weekend, saying that he was no longer prepared to “pay another penny to the BBC”.
“I don’t know what it’s playing at because let me tell you, people are switching off in their droves. They’re ripping their TV licences up. As far as I’m concerned, they can take a running jump,” he said.
The polling, commissioned by Defund the BBC and conducted by Savanta ComRes, found that half of Brits believe people should not have to pay for the licence fee if they only watched other channels.
Rebecca Ryan, campaign director of Defund the BBC, said: “This poll clearly demonstrates that the British public is overwhelmingly opposed to the Licence Fee in its current form.
“There are rightly serious concerns over the way that the licence fee is spent, particularly given the eye-watering sums paid to certain BBC presenters.
“It is also extremely worrying that the BBC has alienated such huge swathes of British people who do not think it represents their values.
“Decriminalising the licence fee is just the first step to radical reform. The next move is to ensure the licence fee only covers BBC output.”
Tim Davie as the 17th Director-General of the BBC, in one of his first speeches to BBC staff, said: “The evidence is unequivocal: the future of a universal BBC can no longer be taken for granted. We have no inalienable right to exist.”
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