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BBC licence fee to rise 'in line with inflation'

Culture secretary John Whittingdale

The licence fee remains "the most appropriate funding model" for the BBC, and will increase in line with inflation until 2021/22, when there will be a new settlement, Culture secretary John Whittingdale has announced.

Viewers watching BBC programmes on demand online will be required to obtain a TV licence.

It is "likely to become less sustainable" in the longer term, he said.

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BBC to have a new governing board

The BBC is to be regulated externally for the first time in its 90-year history Credit: Reuters

Culture secretary John Whittingdale is setting out the government's White Paper plans for the BBC in Parliament, including appointing a new governing board.

Mr Whittingdale said the unitary board will:

  • Be a clearer separation of governance and regulations
  • Allow editorial decisions to remain the responsibility of the Director General
  • Have a majority of members who will be independent of the Government
  • Be regulated by Ofcom
  • Be headed by current BBC chair Rona Fairhead until the end of her term in 2018

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