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Broadband rollout "topsliced" to BT£150.0m-
BBC One£1,433.6m45.3m
BBC Two£533.4m32.0m
BBC Three (online only)£20.0m-
BBC Four£63.1m10.6m
BBC Four£63.1m10.6m
BBC ALBA£9.0m-
BBC News channel£63.0m8.8m
BBC Parliament£10.1m0.7m
BBC Radio 1£54.3m-
BBC Radio 2£60.4m-
BBC Radio 3£55.1m-
BBC Radio 4£115.7m-
BBC Radio 5 Live£66.1m-
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra£5.7m-
BBC 1Xtra£11.1m-
BBC 6Music£12.5m-
BBC 4 Extra£7.5m-
BBC Asian Network£10.7m-
BBC Local Radio (England)£153.8m-
BBC Radio Scotland£31.4m-
BBC Radio nan Gaidheal£6.0m-
BBC Radio Wales£19.9m-
BBC Radio Cymru£18.3m-
BBC Radio Ulster/BBC Radio Foyle£24.0m-
BBC Online, iPlayer (and Red Button)£201.0m-
Orchestras and performing groups£32.5m-
S4C (inc direct funding)£107.0m0.6m
Development spend£82.8m-
BBC World Service operating licence£253.6m-
Licence fee collection costs£110.3m-
PSB Group pension deficit reduction payment£376.8m-
Costs incurred to generate intra-group income£170.2m-
Costs incurred to generate third-party income£133.4m-
Restructuring costs£8.4m-
Digital switchover (DSHS Limited)£0.4m-
Local TV£2.9m-

Notes: this page is based on the figures in the BBC Full Financial Statements 2014/15, less the change of BBC Three from £114.2m TV to £20m online service. Full Financial Statements also shows the current number of governement-funded 'Over 75s' licences - 4,215,808 - giving the eventual shortfall of £613.4m. BBC Worldwide/BBC America profit of £109m to BBC 'PSB Group' and one-off £78.6m for 'lease reclassification' also not shown. The 'Reach' is the number of people tuning into the service each week, from BARB Viewing Summary and RAJAR Quarterly Listening.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

8:43 PM

The Government announced last year that they would make it a requirement that ALL viewers will need a licence to watch ALL live and ALL catch-up services, not just those from the BBC. That they have had to draw back from that position was forced on them by the other broadcasters.

I strongly believe that ALL viewers should have a licence for any live and/or catch-up viewing. It will come eventually.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

11:13 PM

MikeP: Presumably you'd include services like Netflix and Amazon Video which have never been involved in traditional broadcasting in the list of services that would require a TV licence then? The purpose of requiring a TV licence for watching iPlayer is to ensure that everyone who watches BBC programs contributes to funding the ad-free content that they are enjoying. Commercial catchup and streaming services are already funded by the viewer either having to pay for access or being required to watch ads before/during the program. The BBC never asked the government to bring any other catchup services within the scope of TV licensing when they asked for iPlayer to be included in order to partially offset the reduction in funding the BBC will suffer when they have to take over responsibility for the government's social policy of providing free TV licences for the over 75s.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag
Monday, 27 February 2017

9:20 AM

This whole thread is starting to sound like 'how many angels are on the head of a pin'.

The reality is that if you can watch TV live via a streaming site, or as the TV Licencing website puts it:

'Don't forget, you still need a TV Licence to watch or record programmes on any channel as they are being shown on TV or live on an online TV service.'

you should be paying the licence fee. ITV and C4 both allow you watch live, and possibly C5 allows you to do that as well. Frankly, your likely to be using Iplayer as well as those anyway. So just pay the damn TV licence (which is only cost 2.79 a week) and not worry about it. There are far more important things to get upset about.

If someone is just using Netflix/Amazon Prime Video, then thats up to them, but although there looks to be some fantastic content on there, they will also miss out on loads of good stuff on broadcast TV (SS-GB is very good, and a new Line of Duty is coming soon!).

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

7:13 PM

To my way of thinking, watching any form of TV should need a licence. It always used to be called a broadcast receiving licence and was needed to watch any programmes on a TV. With modern technology you can still watch such programmes on TV but also on other devices. Further, you can watch them on a 'catch up' service. But whoever made the programme still needs to make an income, either via a licence fee, advertising, access control system or some combination of them. So I would prefer to make things nice and simple - to watch ANY TV programme you need a licence. That's pretty much what was mooted until it got watered down.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017
1:05 PM

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