She said such extra payments “would be an intelligent way to look forward in terms of the charter review”.
Fairhead was speaking in front of the Culture Media & Sport select parliamentary committee, and added that while the BBC’s core funding should continue to come from the £145.50 (€183) annual licence fee, but admitted that the BBC “must look at other sources of funding”.
Fairhead also appeared to back the controversial decision to close the BBC3 TV channel, commenting: “The idea of moving BBC3 and making it online in and of itself is good.”
She added: “We haven’t done our final review of BBC3. It’s a really difficult challenge. [Younger viewers] are certainly watching very differently, typically they watch on the go.”