BBC COSTS 9p PER HOUR

DE- CRIMINALISATION OF TV LICENCE FEE – RESULTS
February 20, 2021
BEFORE PEBBLE MILL THERE WAS GOSTA GREEN
March 17, 2021

BBC COSTS 9p PER HOUR

The BBC has this month published an extensive report called BBC Value for Audiences.  It uses the licence fee figure of £157.50 although from April it increases £1.50 a year to £159.    They state that the BBC’s income has decreased in real terms by 30% but sets out its economic case that they provide great value for money.   Here are some of the headlines from the report:-

The licence fee costs less in real terms now than in 2010/11

The cost for each BBC hour consumed by UK audiences is lower at 6.6p in 2019/20, compared to 7.6p in 2010/11

  • Compared with the market, the BBC continues to be very good value for money. Each hour of BBC TV watched by a household costs it around 9p, on average. For an equivalent subscription video-on-demand service that is around 15p, and for an equivalent pay TV service it starts at well over 50p per hour
  • Radio also provides great value for money. Each hour of BBC radio listening costs each household about 3p, on average
  • Taken together, a bundle of subscriptions providing advertising-free high-quality services comparable with those offered by the BBC across video, audio and news would cost over £400 per year in comparison to a current licence fee of £157.50
  • Despite an explosion in competition, more people use the BBC than any other media brand: 91% of UK adults a week and 97% a month
  • Among young people, 80% of 16-34 year olds (12.5 million) use the BBC every week and 93% (14.6 million) every month, on average – more than any other brand for media. Adults spend close to 18 hours a week with the BBC on average, making the BBC the UK’s most used media brand
  • The BBC is at the heart of UK life. The UK public chooses the BBC around 250 million times a day. Every single minute of the day and night, the BBC is being used by 5 million people, on average, and 45 million across an average day.

 

The full report is available to download @ http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/reports/reports/value-for-audiences-2021.pdf

 

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