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Nadine Dorries says BBC funding model is ‘completely outdated’

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries arriving in Downing Street, London, for a Cabinet meeting. Picture date: Tuesday April 26, 2022.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries arriving in Downing Street, London, for a Cabinet meeting. Picture date: Tuesday April 26, 2022.

Nadine Dorries says the government will be looking at ways media watchdog Ofcom can “hold the BBC to account” as well as implementing new ways of funding the broadcaster.

The Culture Secretary said the company’s funding model was “completely outdated” and decisions on any changes would be made “well ahead” of the BBC Charter renewal in 2027.

It comes as the corporation is engaged in conversations on how to fund its services as the licence fee faces an uncertain future.

The BBC’s director-general Tim Davie has said he would rather produce less content than compromise on quality when considering funding cuts to the broadcaster.

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The BBC’s director-general Tim Davie has said he would rather produce less content than compromise on quality (House Of Commons/PA)

Speaking to The Spectator, Ms Dorries said: “We are going to very soon announce that we are going to be looking very seriously about how we fund the BBC.

“We are ready to implement a new way of funding the BBC.

“We’re going to be looking at how Ofcom hold the BBC to account and then very shortly after that we will be announcing other measures that we are going to put into place to start looking at how the BBC will be funded in the future so that we are well in time to have that in place for the Charter renewal.”

The Government on Thursday published a white paper aimed at implementing broadcasting reforms to “create a new golden age of British TV and help the nation’s public service broadcasters thrive.”

The document did not provide further details on the BBC’s funding reforms.

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