Mr Marr, who spent 21 years at the corporation, suggested its current funding model was not fit for purpose. Rather than continuing to force all Br
Mr Marr, who spent 21 years at the corporation, suggested its current funding model was not fit for purpose. Rather than continuing to force all Britons with a TV to fork out for the BBC’s upkeep, he said a “subscription model” might be more appropriate.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries recently announced that the next licence fee announcement “will be the last”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson later told Cabinet he was “right behind this” idea, according to The Sun.
Mr Marr cautioned against axing the levy without preparing a firm replacement, but stressed that change was needed.
Ms Dorries “should be very, very careful – of Daleks” in reference to their propensity to “Exterminate! Exterminate!”.
Despite this, he insisted the licence fee would not continue in its current state if he were installed as the BBC’s next Director-General.
The former BBC presenter told The Daily Mail: “In the long term, it might have to have a subscription model.
“But it is odd to announce the end of the licence fee without a replacement.”
This appears to be in line with Ms Dorries’s suggestion for the BBC to “sell great British content” rather than force all to fund it.
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His decision to move elsewhere after more than two decades in the job was also brought upon by the fear of becoming “stale” – of preventing “younger talent” from taking the hot seat.
His comments follow an interjection into the debate over the future of the licence fee by David Dimbleby, another broadcasting legend.
The former BBC Question Time host said earlier this week that the licence fee was “manifestly unfair” and “inequitable”.
But he stopped short of calling for the levy to be axed, suggesting the best option would be reform.
Mr Dimbleby said it was wrong both rich and poor alike pay £159 per year for the privilege of owning a TV.
The sum should instead be based on the council tax rate bands, he argued, with those in richer areas paying more to keep the broadcaster afloat than those living in poorer areas.