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MPs to probe BBC World Service

The International Development Committee of the UK House of Commons has launched a new inquiry on the future funding of the BBC World Service. BBC World Service provides news to radio, TV and digital audiences around the world in 42 languages including English, reaching a global audience of 318 million people. It is chiefly funded […]

April 26, 2024By Colin Mann

Report: S4C generates £136m, 1,900 jobs for Welsh economy

Research reveals that S4C’s economic contribution has resulted in 1,900 jobs and generated £136 million (€159m) for the Welsh economy. The research was carried out by Wavehill for the public broadcaster, to measure S4C’s economic and social impact on Wales and beyond for the 2022-23 financial year. The report shows that S4C, which broadcasts over […]

April 11, 2024

BBC to explore how to reform licence fee

In a speech on the BBC’s future at the Royal Television Society, BBC Director General Tim Davie said the broadcaster has a central role in ensuring the UK retains a healthy democracy, a strong creative economy and a more cohesive society. Davie said the BBC had been reforming at pace to remain at the heart […]

March 26, 2024

Protests against SABC proposals

South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC is out of cash, and the government has presented a new SABC Bill which proposes examining the existing licence fee, which is widely ignored. The new Bill aims to “regulate the continued existence of the SABC to provide public broadcasting services that contribute to democracy, development of society, gender equality, […]

January 23, 2024By Chris Forrester

BBC licence fee rises £10.50; review launched

A review into how the BBC should be funded in the future has been launched by Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, as new action is taken to reduce the impact of price rises on licence fee payers. The review, supported by a panel of independent experts soon to be announced from across the broadcasting sector and […]

December 7, 2023

Govt set to block BBC licence fee increase

UK Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has suggested that the government is to block an expected 9 per cent licence fee increase set out in a funding agreement struck by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The fee is supposed to rise in line with inflation from April 2024, and in the three years after that. Speaking […]

December 4, 2023

SABC struggles with unpaid licences

South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC is suffering a massive shortfall in funding because of unpaid TV licences. The country is looking at a new funding model for SABC. A question was raised in the South African parliament as to how much is owed to SABC. The country’s communications minister Mondli Gungubele responded saying that there […]

July 10, 2023By Chris Forrester

RTÉ suspends DG for secret payments

RTÉ, Ireland’s national broadcaster, has suspended its director general over secret payments of €345,000. The board suspended Dee Forbes after the payments to TV and radio presenter Ryan Tubridy, between 2017 and 2020, came to light in an internal audit. The board apologised for what it said was a betrayal of public trust. Catherine Martin, […]

June 23, 2023

BBC: Extra licence fee hardship support

The BBC has announced increased support for people who are struggling to pay the TV Licence. A new action plan will aim to reduce the number of women in severe financial hardship who are prosecuted for licence fee evasion. The plan is a response to the BBC’s Gender Disparity Review, which was set up to […]

May 12, 2023By Colin Mann

BBC sets out new classical music strategy

Following last year’s classical review looking at the sector and the BBC’s role within it, the BBC has set out a new strategy to strengthen its public purpose for classical music, delivering the best music to a wider audience, with a significant new investment in music education. The BBC says that the new strategy ensures […]

March 7, 2023