Should the TV licence fee be scrapped?

Should the TV licence fee be scrapped?

A TV licence costs £145.50 a year for any home with a colour TV, regardless of whether you watch the BBC or not (see TV Licence Saving). But all the money raised pays for the BBC - that's TV, radio, regional programmes, BBC Online and their associated costs (full details).

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps sent a warning shot to the BBC this week about the licence fee, saying he'd consider opening up the cash so other broadcasters could apply for some.

Which of these is closest to your view?


Give other broadcasters a chance - scrap the BBC’s licence fee monopoly. 1,272 votes (6 %)
I support the BBC licence fee but the cost is far too high. 2,850 votes (14 %)
Scrap the licence fee, I'd happily see the BBC funded by ads. 8,614 votes (42 %)
The BBC is an important public service, good value, & should be kept as it is. 6,447 votes (31 %)
The BBC should be on subscription, so if you watch, view, or use it, you pay. 1,542 votes (7 %)

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