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Summary: James Purnell has argued that decriminalising licence fee evasion would present a “huge risk” to the future of certain BBC services. The BBC’s director of strategy and digital estimated that if the rate of non-payments were to double from its current level of 5%, it would add up to around £200m of the corporation’s funding. Purnell equated this to the combined budgets of BBC4, CBeebies and CBBC. Purnell voiced his comments at a BBC iPlayer event on Tuesday after justice secretary Chris Grayling mooted the idea of making failure to the pay the licence fee a civil matter, to ease the pressure on courts. link

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