BBC attacked: Demand to scrap licence fee as 'public rejects' Beeb's 'biased attacks'

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Baroness Hoey made the claim as Labour suffered electoral disaster losing the Hartlepool by-election to the Tories and a swath of council seats. More results from Scotland, Wales, London and other English councils are expected throughout Friday and over the weekend.

Baroness Hoey tweeted: “Expect there is quite a lot of misery [at] BBC News today and amongst so many journalists that all their biased attacks and insinuations on Boris Johnson did not work.

“Criticism is one thing but their derisory nasty tone has been rejected by the public.

“Time to end the licence fee!”

It is a legal requirement in the UK to pay the licence fee, which funds the BBC, if you want to watch any live television.

This costs £159 for a colour licence or £53.50 for the black and white option.

The BBC strongly refutes claims its output is politically partisan.

The corporation’s guidelines state: “The BBC is committed to achieving due impartiality in all its output.

“This commitment is fundamental to our reputation, our values and the trust of audiences.”

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In 2020 the ‘Defund the BBC’ campaign launched demanding non-payment of the licence fee be decriminalised.

The group has attracted over 100,000 Twitter followers and 32,000 Facebook likes.

The BBC was criticised after some people received licencing authority letters threatening legal action during the coronavirus pandemic.

One said: “Warning, You are in breach of the Communications Act 2003.

“You should expect a visit from Enforcement Officers.”

In response, Rebecca Ryan, Defund the BBC campaign director, hit out at a “campaign of intimidation”.

She commented: “I think it is disgraceful really. Their communications is one of the worst.

“A lot of people want to cancel their licence but they continue to pay it because they are intimidated.

“They don’t want to be funding this but they don’t want to be hassled.

“And even if they don’t watch BBC or have a TV, they still pay because they don’t want to be hassled.”

The BBC has been contacted by for comment.

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