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The blueprint for the future of the BBC was unveiled today by the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.
Mr Whittingdale said the license fee will be secured for the next 11 years and there will be no interference with popular shows.
But the way the corporation is governed will be changed, people who watch the iPlayer will have to buy a TV license and the salaries of top performers will be made public for the first time.
ITV News' National Editor Allegra Stratton looks at the proposals in detail:
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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.
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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