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Chair comment's on public consultation over decriminalising TV licence evasion

5 February 2020

DCMS Committee Chair Elect Julian Knight MP said:

“Today's announcement from the Government which could see an end to people getting a criminal record for not buying a TV licence marks a significant shift in the broadcasting landscape, with major implications for the future of the BBC.

“With negotiations on its funding due to start later this year there's a need for an urgent and open conversation about how people consume media and how they should pay for it.

“As Chair I'll be urging the DCMS Committee to take the lead on steering the BBC towards a new and sustainable funding model which ensures the most vulnerable in our society do not lose out.”

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