Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQsBBC licence fee: proposals to decriminalise non-payment 9.15am GMT The BBC could end up as defunct as Blockbuster unless it finds a new way of remaining relevant and viable in the digital age, Nicky Morgan, the culture secretary, is warning today. The corporation has always been slightly nervous of its prospects under Conservative governments, and relations with Boris Johnson’s government are particularly fraught, partly because Downing Street is boycotting the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Today on Radio 4, for reasons that have never been fully explained in public. Now a cabinet minister is raising the prospect of the BBC facing extinction.Morgan, who quit the Commons at the last election and now sits in the House of Lords, is making a speech today that will confirm an overnight announcement about how the government is launching a consultation on whether to decriminalise non-payment of the licence fee. This sounds like one of those consultations where there is little doubt about what the outcome will be. The BBC claims the move could cost it £200m. My colleague Jim Waterson’s overnight story about the plan is here. Related: BBC licence fee: proposals to decriminalise non-payment Twenty years ago Blockbuster, the then heavyweight of video rentals, turned down a £38m merger offer from Netflix.Today Netflix is worth £50bn, 1,300 times its offer to Blockbuster – which has gone from 3,000 stores to a museum in Oregon, for people who want to remember what video cassettes look like … Continue reading…
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Publish date : 2020-02-05 09:21:09
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