Refusal to pay BBC license fee could be decriminalized – Sky News, Sky.com
TV viewers who refuse to pay the BBC license fee can expect to avoid being prosecuted in future, in a move by Boris Johnson that could lead to the fee being scrapped altogether.
The outgoing culture secretary Nicky Morgan, in one of her last acts before stepping down, is launching a public consultation on whether to end the non-payment of the license fee being a criminal offence.
The move comes in the week it was announced that the cost of the annual TV license fee will increase by £ 3, from £ 167. to £ . , from 1 April and at a time when the BBC is entering a period of turmoil.
Its director general, Lord Hall, is quitting, BBC News is facing spending cuts of £ m and the loss of 502 jobs , and the prime minister and senior Tory ministers are on collision course with the corporation.