BBC urged to drop licence fee as viewers switch to GB News for ‘king of politics’ Andrew

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Anybody who watches BBC shows live, including on iPlayer, pays an annual fee of £159. But with last week’s introduction of GB News, some readers feel the cost is now less value for money. Andrew Neil has been spearheading the campaign for an alternative news platform, and the highly-anticipated – and controversial – new channel was launched on Sunday 13 June.

In an poll, 88 percent of the 10,354 voters said the arrival of the new media outlet means the TV licence is less value for money, with eight percent voting no and four percent “unsure” over whether it should be scrapped.

Critics in the past have suggested a subscription service as opposed to a non-optional fee.

This would be more in keeping with streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+.

What do you think? Join the debate in the comments section here.

When asked “Who is the king or queen of TV politics?” there was a clear favourite amongst Express readers.

A staggering 81 percent voted Neil as the best presenter, with competing personalities Andrew Marr, Sophy Ridge, Robert Peston and Emily Maitlis taking up the remainder of the votes.

The BBC’s Marr was the second choice, with 10 percent of votes.

Sky News’ Ridge, ITV’s Peston and BBC’s Maitlis achieved three percent of the vote each.

A total of 93 percent said they would be watching GB News, despite some deeming it controversial ahead of its launch.

Another five percent said they wouldn’t switch over, while two percent didn’t know if they would tune in or not.

Before it started broadcasting, Neil promised GB News would offer an alternative take on current affairs and opinion.

Many big names in broadcasting, such as Isabel Webster, have joined the channel.

Almost half of people taking the poll (46 percent) said the BBC News was most at risk of losing viewers to GB News.

This was followed by BBC Breakfast with 25 percent of votes and ITV’s Good Morning Britain with 13 percent.

Other choices were Sky News, The Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, Jeremy Vine on Channel 5 and ITV.

ITV was deemed the least likely to suffer a loss of viewers, with only two percent selecting the channel as the answer.

Half of those answering said they would be watching GB News due to its promise to be unbiased.

Another 27 percent said they don’t trust other news channels and 12 percent said they’d tune in because Andrew Neil is running the channel.

Five percent said they wouldn’t be watching, while others opted for live debate and panel discussions, the fact it won’t be a rolling news programme or “other.”

GB News has now launched and airs coverage daily.

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