But increasing numbers are switching to computers and other devices to watch shows via websites such as BBC iPlayer – for which they do not need a licence.
This has sparked fears that fewer and fewer will actually bother to pay the £142.50 charge. Now the BBC’s most senior executive has admitted that ‘you might define the licence fee in a different way’.
Simple answer to that: Make iPlayer subscription-based. Sign up, put in your credit card details and you get an account you can use.