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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