TaxPayers' Alliance responds to Boris Johnson's comments on the BBC licence fee

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Responding to Boris Johnson's suggestion that the government 'could look at' abolishing the BBC licence fee, Sam Packer, media campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said

"Boris is right to see the way the wind is blowing and look at axing the TV tax.

"The licence fee is a hangover from a past media age, before the advent of streaming services and catch-up telly.

"It's high time that politicians acknowledged the problems in the system and put a stop to this annual poll tax, bringing the BBC model into the 21st century."


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

Media contact:

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

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, and now with 80,000 supporters, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) fights to reform taxes, reduce spending and protect taxpayers. Find out more about the TaxPayers' Alliance at
  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.
  3. In landmark polling released in November 2019, the TaxPayers' Alliance found that 68 per cent of C2DE voters backed abolishing the BBC licence fee. The polling was conducted for the TaxPayers' Alliance by Public First Ltd. Total sample size was 4,004 with fieldwork between 26 - 30 July 2019. 


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