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Licence Fee is not just for the BBC - Official! (Read 523 times)
Dickie Mint
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Licence Fee is not just for the BBC - Official!
May 16th, 2018, 3:07pm
Complaining to my MP about the government's plan to make S4C totally subsidised from the Licence Fee, she got a reply from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) which contains this gem:-

"The government is clear that the licence fee is not just for the BBC. It has been used to fund other strategic public service objectives such as broadband rollout, local TV, and World Service. At present, 92% of S4C's public funding already comes from the licence fee and, as such, providing S4C's entire public funding through the licence fee from 2022/23, is not a significant material change.

We believe that this reform will provide a single fixed, stable and transparent funding stream which would give S4C the same funding certainty as the BBC which gives it the freedom to make the creative and commercial choices it needs to thrive in an increasingly competitive broadcasting market.

In addition, the BBC Framework Agreement sets out very clear obligations for the BBC and S4C to work together to observe and safeguard each other's independence. Alongside this, the recently published BBC-S4C partnership agreement sets out the strategic, creative and operational partnership between the two broadcasters to deliver public value for Welsh speaking audiences for the next decade. These current arrangements are sufficient to ensure the independence of both broadcasters.
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