UK govt freezes BBC funding for two years

The BBC licence fee has been frozen by the UK government. The £159 ($217, 190 euros) annual price will be fixed for the next two years, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries informed lawmakers. 

After that, she said, it will climb in lockstep with inflation for the next four years. 

The action was connected by opposition parties to efforts to keep Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his job. 

We need a BBC that is ready to meet the challenges of modern broadcasting, a BBC that will continue to engage the British public and command support across the UK, not just in London, a BBC that can thrive alongside Netflix and Amazon Prime and all of the other challenges that attract younger viewers."

The licence fee funds television, radio and online services, including its popular iPlayer on-demand platform, as well as programming, many of which are exported commercially worldwide.

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