Ministers to review Channel 4 privatisation and scrapping of BBC licence fee

Culture secretary says she will ‘re-examine the business case’ but declines to say if licence fee could be axed

Ministers are reviewing the decisions to privatise Channel 4 and to scrap the BBC licence fee, the new culture secretary has said, saying she is “re-examining the business case”.

Michelle Donelan said that as culture secretary she would look at the BBC licence fee “in the round” but declined to say whether it could be scrapped. Donelan also said she was revisiting the online harms bill and the provisions around “legal but harmful” speech.

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