About the British TV Licence Fee...?

A 2-part Q. The Licence Fee is imposed principally to fund the BBC, but, in percentage terms:-

1]How much of the Licence Fee actually goes to the BBC and how much is swallowed up by collection and enforcement, is used for other purposes or is creamed off by the Treasury as a tax

2] What percentage of the BBC's income is from the Licence Fee and what from its other income sources, such as the sale of DVDs, CDs, books, programme-related memorabilia, eg mugs, T-shirts etc, or from the sale of BBC programmes abroad?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    1) 3% of the Licence fee goes on its collection and is paid to Crapita, the outsourcing company and other contractors who tender for the work and are taxed. The Government through the DCMS pays the BBC all the rest of the money from these receipts. The BBC is a not-for-profit organisation so does not pay Corporation Tax.

    2) 75% of the revenue of the BBC is from the licence fee. This funds radio as well as tv, although radio only licences were scrapped nearly 50 years ago. The remainder comes for overseas sales and other enterprises such as hiring out studios to film companies. The World Service is also part funded by UK government grants.


    The Government also owns Channel 4 but that is entirely self-funded by commercial advertising and sales to other countries. 

  • Biff
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Try submitting a FOI request to TV Licensing. It is unlikely anyone on here could answer that question.

    I don't think the commercial channels would welcome the BBC being funded by advertising when it would be yet another channel competing for a finite pot of advertising revenue.

    • FØXY Ðï
      Lv 5
      1 month agoReport

      The BBC is no threat to them and by adopting a commercial persona they will be forced to make programmes people want to watch or go to the wall. 

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  • 1 month ago

    I don't know the answer in percentages, but the low quality programmes suggest that the licence fee is not being used effectively and should be scrapped. It's an antiquated system to gain revenue that belongs in the 20th century. 

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