“Get rid of it" - Mail readers call to scrap the TV license to pay for BBC programmes

The majority of Mail readers who voted in a recent poll think there should be another way of paying for BBC programmes other than the license fee.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 5:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 9:41 am
Readers think there should be another way of paying for BBC programmes other than the license fee.

Former political correspondent John Sergeant, who was the BBC’s chief political correspondent from 1992 to 2000, said the BBC licence fee has become “increasingly out of date.”

The ex-journalist said other ways of paying for BBC programmes should be considered.

So, on Tuesday, January 28, in our Facebook poll we asked: “Do you think there should other means of paying for BBC programmes - such as subscription, programme sponsorship advertising?”

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At the time of writing, over 400 people had voted with 91% saying yes and 9% saying no.

Here are some of the comments we received.

Chris Smith said: “No, don’t want it to become like a British Fox News.”

Peter Thygesen added: “Get shot of it.”

Elsewhere online, daily news readers shared their thoughts.

Dave Smith said: “Why pay for BBC? I used to watch BBC Three until they made it only available online. All BBC channels should be covered with a licence.”

“When you buy a washing machine, you’re not contracted to Bold or Daz, so this should be illegal.”

Peter Watt said: “Scrap the TV tax. The BBC have had it to good for too long.”

Carol Hanratty Wood added: “I think you should only pay the license if you subscribed to BBC channels. We don't watch them at all so i would happily go without them.”