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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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Shapps: £145.50 fee is 'too much' if BBC fails to reform

With the BBC's royal charter coming up for renewal in 2016, Mr Shapps suggested that there were "lots of different ways" in which licence fee-payers' money could be used to fund public service broadcasting.

And he said that the £145.50 annual fee would be "too much" if the BBC failed to reform.

Mr Shapps is not a full Cabinet member but attends the weekly meetings in 10 Downing Street in his role of minister without portfolio, and is regarded as a rising star in David Cameron's team.

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