Abolish the BBC television license.

The quality of BBC programmes do not reflect the price of the TV license. It is far too expensive for the majority of people and should be abolished.

246,736 Signatures

Status: Closed
Created: 19 Dec 2018, 3:34 p.m.
Daily signature rate : 1,346
Closed: 20 Jun 2019, 11:59 p.m.

Government Response

A television licence is required to watch or receive television as it is broadcast live or on BBC iPlayer.

The licence fee is payment for a licence to watch or receive television programmes. It is not a fee or charge for BBC services and is payable regardless of whether the licence holder ever watches the BBC. Licence fee revenue is not just used to fund the BBC, it is also used for other strategic public service objectives including broadband, local television and S4C.

The licence fee funding model was considered as part of Charter Review 2015-16. The BBC Charter Review consultation received over 192,000 responses and found the majority of the public do not want to see a change in the way that the BBC is funded: 60% thought the current licence fee model did not need to be changed, while only 3% of respondents supported a subscription model and 1.5% advertising.

The current system commands wider public support than any alternative model provides the BBC with a sustainable core income paid by all households who watch or receive television. As a result, the government committed to maintain the current licence fee funding model for the duration of the current Charter period.

The Government is therefore committed to ensuring the BBC continues to deliver high quality, distinctive content for all audiences. That is why we have guaranteed the licence fee level will increase with inflation until 2022.

On editorial matters, the BBC is operationally and editorially independent from government and the government cannot intervene in the BBC’s day-to-day operations. As the BBC's independent regulator, Ofcom is responsible for ensuring the BBC delivers for audiences - including how the BBC meets its mission and public purposes.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Top 10 Constituency Signatories to the Petition

Constituency Signatures % of Total Signatures MP Party-Constituency
1,265 0.51% Caroline Dinenage Conservative
785 0.32% Gareth Johnson Conservative
752 0.31% Ben Bradley Conservative
731 0.30% Lee Anderson Conservative
729 0.30% Nigel Mills Conservative
Amber Valley
707 0.29% Giles Watling Conservative
699 0.28% Gordon Henderson Conservative
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
694 0.28% Yvette Cooper Labour
Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
693 0.28% Dr Luke Evans Conservative
677 0.27% Mary Glindon Labour
North Tyneside
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MPs spoken contributions during 15 Jul 2019 petition debate

Conservative Mr Edward Vaizey 1542 words Huw Merriman (View contribution) 1517 words Margot James 1368 words Jack Brereton (View contribution) 1244 words
Democratic Unionist Party Jim Shannon (View contribution) 76 words
Labour Helen Jones 2745 words Graham Stringer (View contribution) 2112 words Kevin Brennan (View contribution) 1850 words John Grogan 1179 words
Scottish National Party Brendan O'Hara (View contribution) 1099 words