Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that a decrease in the license fee could be considered as part of the Government’s public spending cuts.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Hunt has criticised the BBC for its “waste” of money and has admitted that as a result of this, viewers could now be asked to pay less than the annual £145.50 a year.
While no plans had firmly been put in place for such a move, Hunt admitted that the cut was at ‘discussion’ levels.
"The BBC should not interpret the fact that we haven't said anything about the way licence fee funds are used as an indication that we are happy about it. We will be having very tough discussions,” he said.
Hunt added that he believed that there were “a huge number of changes” that needed to be made at the BBC which must begin to demonstrate “the very constrained financial situation we are now in.”
The BBC has begun moves to introduce its own spending cuts having recently announced cuts to the wage bills of many of its top earning senior management, while the BBC Trust will aim to show more transparency by publishing a list of its top earners.