Andrew Neil defends BBC against bias claims but calls for licence fee overhaul

Andrew Neil defends BBC against bias claims but calls for licence fee overhaul

Andrew Neil has praised the BBC in an appearance in the House of Lords, describing its performance in the face of licence fee cuts as “remarkable”.

But the veteran broadcaster suggested the levy is no longer fit for purpose.

Neil proposed a replacement to the licence fee that would see certain “core BBC” services such as news and arts coverage provided for free to all. But he suggested “ratings winners” like Strictly should be subscription-only programming.Despite the proposals and current government opposition, Neil said he believed the licence fee would be renewed once again in 2027.He also defended the broadcaster against […]

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