A petition to save the BBC has received more than 100,000 signatures just one day after reports said Downing Street was planing to scrap the BBC licence fee and replace it with a Netflix-style subscription model.
Senior aides to the prime minister allegedly told the Sunday Times that the corporation would be forced to sell off most of its radio stations and scale back its website and TV channels.
“We are not bluffing on the licence fee,” the source was reported as saying. “It has to be a subscription model.”
It said the BBC, which is described as a “world-leading public service”, needs to be protected from the reported “political attack”.
Before the general election, Boris Johnson admitted he was ”looking at” abolishing the licence fee.
He was also said to be considering the decriminalisation of non-payment of the annual charge.
The current royal charter – which sets out the governance of the BBC – runs until December 2027.
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