Steven Barnett discusses the BBC licence fee with Nicky Campbell on BBC 5Live

19 February 2020
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Last week Prof. Steven Barnett joined Nicky Cambell on BBC 5Live to discuss the BBC licence fee and the new government consultation. During the discussion he emphasised that the BBC offers something for everyone, and that this makes it both a fantastic British institution and vulnerable to complaints because there will always be unhappy viewers and listeners with very different tastes. Barnett pointed out that 90% of people in the UK consume some part of the BBC each week, and the value for money offered by the licence fee. Later in the discussion Barnett pointed to the increased polarisation of the country as a major threat to the BBC, and speculated on the role of the BBC in difficult political conditions.


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