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Is The Television Licence fee fit for Purpose in the Digital Era?

Weeds, Helen (2016) 'Is The Television Licence fee fit for Purpose in the Digital Era?' Economic Affairs, 36 (1). pp. 2-20. ISSN 0265-0665

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Abstract

In the context of the UK's ongoing review of the BBC's Royal Charter, this article discusses the future of the television licence fee. As channels proliferate and new ways of watching television take hold, there is increasing pressure on the TV licence system. Drawing on an analysis of the rationale for public service broadcasting, the article considers whether the licence fee can be adapted to reflect this new world or should be replaced by a different funding model. It concludes that while modernising the TV licence fee to close the ‘iPlayer loophole’ would patch up the current system, it would be preferable to replace the licence fee altogether, perhaps with a household levy. Subscription may be a useful top-up for non-essential services where a broad reach is less important. The ban on the carrying of advertising by the BBC should also be reconsidered.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: BBC Charter review;public service broadcasting;TV licence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2016 10:04
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/16140

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