Time to abolish the BBC licence fee says Jacob Rees-Mogg

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The Gary Lineker row shows that the BBC licence fee needs to be abolished, according to former minister Jacob Rees-Mogg.

On Lineker, he said: “I don’t understand why he doesn’t stand for Parliament.”

Asked if he was surprised that the BBC had backed down, he told GB News: “We shouldn’t be surprised by that. And I think the issue is about the BBC rather than about Gary Lineker’s view.

“He’s entitled to have any view he wants, we are all in favour of freedom of speech and people being allowed to say things that we don’t agree with, or we may even find offensive, and that’s actually fine.

“He can say what he likes. The issue is that the BBC is the state broadcaster and that it’s funded by a tax on televisions. If it weren’t, then we wouldn’t need to worry about its impartiality.

“The issue is that the BBC is the state broadcaster and that it’s funded by a tax on televisions. If it weren’t, then we wouldn’t need to worry about its impartiality.”

“Actually, if we change the funding mechanism of the BBC, we could have a much freer media, as they do in the United States, where people are allowed to say what they think.

“I think that would be much better rather than this pretence that the BBC is impartial, which it isn’t, and then having rows about particular presenters.”

In a discussion with Bev Turner and Andrew Pierce, he said: “I have long thought that the licence fee is a constraint on the BBC as it stops it earning revenues by subscriptions on the iPlayer, or by taking advertising.

“It leads to a heavily regulated media based around what the BBC needs nd what is needed for a State-funded channel. 

“And so, yes, I’m saying the licence fee has passed its sell-by date and it needs to go.”

He added: “There are so many different ways of watching recorded programmes now that you don’t invariably need a licence fee.

“I certainly wouldn’t pay a licence fee if you don’t need it.”

Asked if the BBC was right to suspend Gary Lineker, he said: “I think Lineker is a distraction.

The overall picture of the licence fee, and I think those of us broadly on the right have to be very, very careful about attacking people for freedom of speech, so I’m not fussed about what he says.

“I’m not fussed about his contract, I’m fussed about the fact that the BBC is not an impartial broadcaster but it’s funded by all of us and that’s the fundamental issue.”

He added: “I don’t understand why he doesn’t stand for Parliament. He’s highly articulate.”

Source: GB News

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