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Could your TV licence fee be added to your electric bill?

As the issue of future funding for the BBC continues to grab the headlines, a number of bizarre ideas have been put forward in relation to the licence fee. One such suggestion which appears to be gaining support amongst the politicians of the UK is the idea of adding the licence fee to your electric bill, or other utility bills, thereby ensuring that those who watch the BBC on their computers are also forced to pay "their fair share".

Whether this particular funding option is brought into play in the future remains to be seen but it now appears highly unlikely that the BBC licence fee as we see it today will remain in the medium to longer term. Slowly but surely the corporation has been changing into more of a private business, with significant sales to overseas markets, while retaining massive funding from viewers in the UK and the UK taxpayer.

Even though initially the BBC had been caught short by the introduction of the Internet and the options for TV viewing around the world, the iPlayer has put the corporation on the map surprising many people with this innovative idea. Quite what will happen in the medium to longer term remains to be seen but there is momentum for change.

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