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BBC on brink as broadcaster braced for licence fee clash with Nadine Dorries

BBC on brink as broadcaster braced for licence fee clash with Nadine Dorries

9/17/2021 12:09:00 PM

BBC on brink as broadcaster braced for licence fee clash with Nadine Dorries

THE BBC is facing further uncertainty over its licence fee model following the appointment of Nadine Dorries as Culture Secretary .

wielded the axe on his cabinet on Wednesday afternoon, with former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson one of the most high profile casualties. However, it is the BBC that could potentially be one of the big losers from the huge shake-up in Whitehall.

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Related articlesPolice are a disgrace' Britons react to 'wish-washy woke' M25 protestMs Dorries, who replaced Oliver Dowden as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has previously been an outspoken critic of the BBC.The MP for Mid Bedfordshire is yet to outline her vision for the BBC following her appointment, but in 2014 she backed calls to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee and said the broadcaster was “outdated”.

In a blog, she added: “Such a structure of payment and aggressive persecution would be more in keeping in a Soviet-style country.”In a post on Twitter, Ms Dorries accused the BBC of being a “biased Left-wing organisation”.Nadine Dorries is the new Culture Secretary

(Image: GETTY)The annual TV licence costs £159(Image: GETTY)The 64-year-old also has a strong view on the so-called cancel culture that has emerged in recent years.In 2017, she tweeted: “Left wing snowflakes are killing comedy, tearing down historic statues, removing books from universities, dumbing down panto."

The appointment of Ms Dorries comes at a critical time for the BBC and ahead of the BBC’s Charter Renewal in 2027.Ministers are currently working on a report over the future funding of the broadcaster amid pressure from some groups for a Netflix-style subscription service.

Nadine Dorries walks into Downing Street on Wednesday(Image: GETTY)Last year, the BBC faced a fierce backlash over its decision to scrap free TV licences for the over-75s who do not receive pension credit.More than three million over-75s are now subject to the £159 annual fee.

BBC director-general Tim Davie has said he has not yet spoken to new Culture Secretary, who has become the 10th person in the last 10 years to hold the position.Mr Davie added he was ready for “grown-up dialogue with Government” over the BBC. Read more: Daily Express »

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