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U.K. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries Confirms BBC License Fee Freeze




U.K. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has confirmed that the U.K. TV license fee, which is the primary source of income for the BBC, will be frozen at £159 ($217.15) for the next two years.

Addressing the U.K. parliament on Monday, Dorries also said that she would review the license fee funding model ahead of the BBC’s next governing charter review in December 2027.

The U.K. TV licence funds the BBC to the tune of $5.1 billion annually. On Sunday, Dorries revealed via Twitter plans to freeze the license fee.

The move was opposed by several prominent members of the British entertainment industry, including actor Hugh Grant, “The Thick of It” creator Armando Iannucci and sports presenter Gary Lineker.

On Monday, BBC director-general Tim Davie and chair Richard Sharp told staff that they would continue making a strong case to the U.K. government to invest in the corporation.

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