Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren has stated that it’s time for the BBC to contemplate different methods of funding itself as a debate rages within the UK about the way forward for the licence payment.
In quotes extensively reported within the British press, Mirren advised an viewers on the Kiln Theatre in London that the licence payment, a compulsory £154.50 ($200) levy on UK households, has “had its day.”
Mirren burdened that “we can not lose the BBC,” however on the licence payment, she reportedly stated: “I feel we’re shifting previous that. And what’s going to observe it I don’t know. I feel that the licence payment has had its day.”
The actress was talking towards the backdrop of a spirited debate about the way forward for the BBC within the UK, with Boris Johnson’s authorities apparently making strikes to weaken the company and threaten its future funding.
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The licence payment will stay in place till 2027 when the BBC’s present constitution expires, however this didn’t cease Downing Avenue sources from briefing The Sunday Occasions that the funding mannequin can be scrapped in favor of a radical overhaul that can see the BBC change into a subscription service.
Reaching this can be fraught with complication, nevertheless, given the entire BBC’s TV and radio channels sit on free-to-air platforms, equivalent to Freeview. It is also politically poisonous for the federal government, given the BBC is the broadcaster of alternative for hundreds of thousands of viewers and listeners every single day.
Inside 24 hours of The Sunday Occasions story being revealed, a petition to “save our BBC” had 100,000 signatures. It now has almost 150,000. Outstanding Conservative MPs have additionally jumped to the BBC’s protection, whereas The Sunday Occasions’ sister paper, The Occasions, reported on Tuesday that prime minister Johnson just isn’t as eager on revolutionizing the BBC as his high aide Dominic Cummings.
In the meantime, Mirren stated she would “love” to work once more for the BBC or ITV, the place she received three BAFTAs for her function in police drama Prime Suspect. Mirren starred in Sky drama Catherine the Nice final 12 months.
“The work that’s being completed in Britain on each the BBC and ITV, it’s so good. I’ve seen a sequence of actually such good work. Work on British TV is fairly wonderful,” she stated.