BBC’s new director general Tim Davie is ‘open’ to replace license fee with Netflix-style subscription
- Davie, 53, has been tasked with coming up with a viable funding model for the BBC
- One of the measures is a subscription model similar to Netflix or Amazon
- The Conservative minister said there is “real optimism” about Davie’s pragmatism
The BBC’s new director general is ‘open’ to the implementation of a subscription model to replace the broadcaster’s license fee, it was reported last night.
Tim Davie has reportedly been told to come up with a viable funding model to replace the compensation when he takes up his new position this week.
A Conservative minister told the Daily Telegraph that there is a ‘real optimism’ at the BBC that it can thrive without the fee.
One of the measures reportedly being considered by 53-year-old Davie is a subscription model service, similar to Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Tim Davie, 53, the BBC’s new Director General interviewed in London in 2016
The minister told The Telegraph: ‘There is real optimism that the BBC itself is coming up with a tasty alternative to the license fee.
“Tim Davie seems to be open to the idea of a subscription model.”
If Davie is unable to come up with a viable model, he risks fighting a battle when the BBC’s charter is renewed in 2027.
Clearly, Mr Davie will not discuss the license fee queue when he makes his first speech in his new role later this week.
But BBC insiders told The Telegraph that Davie is concerned the broadcaster is creating too much left-wing London-focused content.
According to the reports, Mr Davie also plans to crack down on BBC presenters who express their views on social media.
It came amid reports that ministers will announce the decriminalization of the license fee in weeks.
From 2022, people who evade their license fees will face civil penalties instead of criminal charges.
The BBC License Fee (Civil Penalty) Bill is due in November for second reading in Parliament.
A BBC spokesperson told The Telegraph, “The license fee is a way to fund the BBC until at least 2027 and our focus is on providing the best possible value to the public paying for us.”