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Cut to BBC licence fee 'threat'

The BBC could face a cut in the licence fee or even have to compete with other broadcasters for a share of the money unless it rebuilds public trust and becomes more transparent, a senior Conservative minister has suggested.

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BBC may face cut in licence fee unless it rebuilds trust

The BBC could face a cut in the licence fee or even have to compete with other broadcasters for a share of the money unless it rebuilds public trust and becomes more transparent, a senior Conservative minister has suggested.

Tory chairman Grant Shapps. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Tory chairman Grant Shapps told the Sunday Telegraph that the BBC must tackle a culture of secrecy and waste in the wake of the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall scandals and rows over stars' salaries and pay-offs to senior executives.

And he said there was a "question of credibility" for the BBC over whether it applied "fairness" to its reporting of politics.

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