“It should just go. Frankly, I don’t care if the BBC goes bust. So what?
“No one is going to miss it. Stop the income instantly, we wouldn’t miss a thing.”
Journalist Ella Whelan waded in on the discussion by admitting she would not be in favour of the BBC going bust as she is a “fan” of the broadcaster, but concurred with the sentiments put forward regarding the licence fee.
“People get prosecuted for not paying the licence fee", she said.
Ella Whelan believes the BBC has its uses
“It’s an obvious problem that people don’t talk about. I would scrap the fee. The strength of the BBC would stand on a subscription service.
“In terms of its arts programming, a lot of the time it’s unmatched. BBC Archive is sometimes wonderful television.
“If we move to a subscription model like Netflix, people would pay for it.”
Rishi Sunak is reportedly set to block the BBC’s nine per cent licence fee rise, while urging the broadcaster to be “realistic” about what the public can afford.
The annual fee is due to rise by almost £15 to £173.30 in April, which would represent the biggest single increase for almost 40 years.
Frustrations have been levelled at the corporation in recent months after they refused to brand Hamas terrorists despite committing atrocities on October 7 in Israel.
A BBC insider told The Telegraph: “We get that there are cost of living challenges, but some of our competitors have put up costs by over 30 per cent.
“The BBC isn’t expecting anything like that, but we would argue that we are important to the UK and we offer excellent value for money, and every penny in investment in the UK is good for the wider economy.”