It starting to look like that in the end the BBC will be forced to cut services instead judging by how politicians are reacting
You do seem to like your hyperboles.
As others have commented the BBC found itself between a rock and hard place due to the government forcing the BBC to fund the free licences instead of being funded directly from central government as part of the 2015 settlement.
Personally long term I'd prefer TV licence fee to be collected for residential properties via the council tax, with the option for reduced rate(s) and opt-out if eligible (e.g. due to pension credit, or declaring no TV or internet catch-up use). I also think that long term the £52 black & white TV licences either need axing or at least be nearer £100 (compared to £154.50 for a colour licence). As of September last year there were 7000 black and white licences still in force (source
), which I struggle to believe all genuinely don't have colour TVs. (I wonder if at present you can legally have a B&W licence, not watch live TV on any but watch catch-up on mobile & PC?)
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