The Tory MP for Blackpool South, Scott Benton, is leading the way in calling for the BBC Licence Fee to be scrapped.
Speaking in Parliament (see below) MP Benton used the recent case of Gary Lineker to exemplify his argument to scrap the licence fee, which is currently £159 per year
In a debate under the headline ‘BBC: Government Role in Impartiality’ the Tory Blackpool South MP said, ‘The self-inflicted chaos of the last few days and the BBC’s apparent unwillingness to enforce its own impartiality rules have made it a laughing stock. It is clear that it is now overpaid sports presenters, rather than executives, who are truly calling the shots. Many of my constituents have long regarded the BBC licence fee as a regressive, decades-old and out-of-date tax. Is it not time that we had a grown-up conversation about its future?’
He has since written, ‘The Licence Fee is a regressive tax on the poorest households and scrapping it would save you £172 pounds per year (from next April). The world of TV has moved on and a licence fee to support one particular broadcaster is no longer required.’
Not everyone agrees with MP Benton, however.
Giving a full response, Paul Norkeed argued, ‘The BBC is not like any other broadcaster, but you know that. It provides hundreds of hours of live and hundreds of hours of free output per day across TV, radio and other media and platforms. Everyone listens to or watches the BBC whether they say they do or don’t. The BBC has a role in society that other commercial broadcasters don’t and that role wouldn’t be filled unless someone paid them. Some advert breaks can last 6 or 7 minutes in some commercial channels and some 30-minute shows take up 40-minute slots due to all the adverts.
Do you want the BBC abolished or turned in to a clone of all the others.?
More and more each day you turn into a Tory clone. There’s no reason for removing the license fee really, it’s just what your type support – like sending people to Africa for example or just inviting right wing press that might write favourable articles.’