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For over a hundred years, the BBC has been a mainstay of British life. The broadcaster’s newscasts, soap operas, children’s shows, comedies, dramas, concerts, sports coverage and nature documentaries have shaped the nation’s identity and won lasting loyalty from audiences. of the whole world.

Since 1922, the BBC’s offerings have been funded by its licensing fees – fees originally associated with the purchase of a wireless radio, Charlotte Higgin, cultural editor of the Guardian and author of This New Noise: The Extraordinary Birth and Troubled Life of the BBC, Remarks. Today that fee is £159 a year, or 43 pence a day.

But this week Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries announced the government would freeze BBC licensing fees for the next two years, forcing the BBC to make deep cuts to its programming. Although the announcement appears clearly designed to distract from calls for Boris Johnson to step down as Prime Minister, it is part of a much bigger fight over the future of the broadcaster.

Millions of pounds are at stake, as is the very identity of a legendary and civic British institution, which arguably represents the very character of the United Kingdom itself. Guardian Media Reporter Jim Waterson recount Michael Safi there are practical reasons for waiving licensing fees – but the real question is whether or not politicians are willing to make a good faith effort to find other sources of funding.



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