For immediate release - June 10th 2019
VLV Response to BBC announcement that it will fund free TV licences
The VLV’s clear view is that the cost of providing free licences for the over 75’s, and the policy behind the concession, should be matters for government.
However, if the BBC is to meet the cost of a concession, the favoured option of those who responded to a VLV survey was that the concession should be linked to those who need it most, such as those in receipt of Pension Credit.
Colin Browne, Chairman of VLV, said, 'We are very concerned that even this strategy will mean an additional substantial reduction in the BBC’s funding and therefore the quality and range of programmes to be provided for UK citizens who fund the BBC, against the background of a 24% cut in real terms since 2010.'
We welcome the BBC’s comments about the need for more transparency in the process of negotiating BBC funding in future. As the BBC Statement highlights, VLV has proposed the establishment of a Licence Fee Commission which would enable proper debate and a range of stakeholder views to be considered.
For further information please contact:
Colin Browne - 07733 103800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie Chalk - 07973 408 243 or email@example.com
Notes to editors
1. The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) is an independent, non-profit-making membership association, free from political, commercial and sectarian affiliations, working for quality and diversity in British broadcasting content. VLV represents the interests of listeners and viewers as citizens and consumers across the full range of broadcasting issues. VLV is concerned with the structures, regulation, funding and institutions that underpin the British broadcasting system. VLV is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
2. For over 30 years VLV has played a unique role in keeping a citizen’s eye on major legislative proposals and action taken by regulators and broadcasters, enabling the voice of consumers to be heard, independently from the interests of political parties, industry players and other pressure groups.
3. VLV is run by a board of Trustees, chaired by Colin Browne. Dame Colette Bowe is its President.