Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps says licence fee could be cut unless BBC reforms

PUBLISHED: 13:11 28 October 2013 | UPDATED: 13:11 28 October 2013

MP Grant Shapps

MP Grant Shapps


The BBC could see the licence fee cut unless it becomes “more transparent” and tackles its “culture of secrecy”, Welwyn Hatfield’s MP has said.

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Grant Shapps, the Tory Party Chairman, said the current £145.50 licence fee would be “too much” without reform.

Mr Shapps cited the Jimmy Savile scandal, the case of sex offender Stuart Hall and massive payouts to top bosses to reinforce his claim that the public broadcaster needed to rebuild trust.

He said: “They have ended up working in this culture which is buried in the last century, which is ‘we are the BBC, we do what we like, we don’t have to be too accountable’.”

Mr Shapps told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “The BBC is a much loved institution and my view is that to keep it that way it needs to deal with some of the recent issues. Savile, Hall and scandals over enormous payoffs to name a couple.

“The best way to do this is to ensure the BBC is subject to the same openness as other organisations which receive large amounts of taxpayers’ cash.”

A BBC spokesman said: “Mr Shapps is right that transparency is key to the future of the BBC.

“So is its freedom from political pressure.”

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