BBC Licence Fee Model in Trouble as Labour Backs Decriminalising Non-Payment

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sources inside the governmental world suggest that Labour MPs are in agreement with a proposal by the coalition to decriminalise non-payment of the Licence Fee, a move that some think may signal the end of the BBC due to making it less of a crime to not bother paying the UK's annual telly tax.

According to sources quoted by the Guardian, Labour will vote in favour of the Conservative and Lib Dem proposal to put decriminalising avoiding the Licence Fee up to debate, claiming that, although it supports the BBC, potentially jailing people for not paying their share of the BBC's crap Saturday night TV budget is a bit much in this day and age.

If the vote is carried, the decision to decriminalise non-payment of the fee is likely to be taken as part of the renewal process of the BBC's charter in 2017, alongside the much more comedic idea of giving up and selling it all to Noel Edmonds for a laugh. [Guardian]