Wednesday 5 February 2020 / 10:34 AM Culture

The future of the BBC is under serious threat from the Conservatives – Tracy Brabin

Tracy Brabin MP, Labour’s Shadow Culture Secretary, commenting on the government’s consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion and and the government’s announcement on the new ‘Simple Payment Plan’, said:

“The future of the BBC is under serious threat from this Conservative government.

“Decriminalising non-payment of the licence fee will leave the corporation without a predictable income and potentially hundreds of millions of pounds short. The BBC as a public broadcaster is highly valued and something we should fight to protect.

“It’s shameful that the Conservative government is forcing over 75s to pay the licence fee and the new ‘Simple Payment Plan’ scheme doesn’t make up for that.”