BBC viewers threaten to boycott licence fee following hike in price

Lucy Frazer discusses proposed TV licence fee increase

BBC viewers have threatened to boycott the TV licence following news of a price hike. Many have taken to social media to announce they won’t be paying the charge after it was announced the cost will rise from £159 to £173.30 from next spring.

Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, many complained about the price increase and admitted they might decide to boycott the broadcaster.

@my_magnets fumed: “Definitely not any value in the license fee. Checking today’s BBC 1 & BBC2 programme listings over 50 percent are REPEATS. Time to defund the BBC.”

@RaymorePark asked: “Why would anyone pay the BBC licence fee?”

“Question. How long would the @BBC survive without the licence fee?” @Wishfullthinki9 penned.

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@RWaggie82 shared: “There shouldn’t be a licence fee. No other channel does it! The BBC are so backward it’s absurd. Advertising or subscription is the way to go.

“It’s such an easy option I don’t understand why they don’t or won’t do it? Instead let’s charge ludicrous amounts of money via a licence.”

@JustMyViews2023 added: “The BBC want to raise the licence fee by another £15 per year to £173.30.

“The BBC should be made a Subscription only service, no one should be forced to keep paying the fee when all they do is make woke c**p now.”

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@mike91726540 commented: “Scrap the licence fee and the BBC completely for all I care. They’ve not produced anything worthwhile in decades.”

The news comes as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to block the fee increase.

Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said she is “concerned” the planned nine percent rise in the licence fee is “very high”.

She said the government will be making an announcement amid speculation the charge will be blocked by Sunak.

Ms Frazer said she wanted to ensure the cost of a TV licence – currently £159 – rises by an “appropriate amount that people can afford” amid the cost of living crisis.

The Culture Secretary told Sky News: “I’m concerned that that’s a very high level.

“It’s a decision that I’m looking at the moment and we’ll be making an announcement on this very shortly.”

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