On 10 November, Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State (SoS) for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) wrote to the BBC to confirm the scope and the timing of the next licence fee settlement, which will cover the period from 2022 to 2027. Previous settlements, conducted without public pressure or scrutiny, have left the BBC with more obligations and less to spend on them, at a time when licence fee income is already around 30% lower than it would have been had it kept pace with inflation and not been given additional spending obligations.
The BBC’s revenue streams: less flowing to PSB
The BBC’s cost base: no fat left to trim
List of charts/tables
Figure 1: BBC PSB income (£m)
Figure 2: BBC licence fee income with/without interventions (£m)