TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to BBC funding review

For immediate release


Responding to reports of a formal review into the future of BBC funding, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“The TV tax is long past its use by date.

"Retaining the licence fee would force unwilling and uninterested taxpayers to cough up for a service they may not want, while holding the BBC back from modernisation.

"Serious work now needs to begin to examine alternative funding models, while ensuring that genuine elements of public sector broadcasting are put on a sustainable footing."


TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contact:

Conor Holohan
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The TPA is running an Axe the Tax campaign to scrap the BBC licence fee.
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