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Read this: Chris Bryant warns over BBC cuts

Summary: The Conservative government is at risk of ruining Britain's quotStrongest cultural institutionquot by demanding more cuts from the BBC, according to shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant. The Treasury is understood to be considering whether it can insist that the BBC foots the bill for the pound700m-a-year charge of providing free television for the over-75s. If non-payment of the pound145.50-a-year licence fee is decriminalised - an idea which has cross-party support - the BBC could end up with a further pound200m bill. -

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