The licence fee should be replaced with a “TV tax” paid by households regardless of whether they watch television or not, the former ITV chairman has said.
His ideas for reforming the “regressive” TV licence fee, which is increasing to nearly £170 this year, come as a Government review examines alternatives to the charge.
Calls to make the flat-rate fee, which funds the BBC, more progressive are gathering momentum. Last week former BBC Director-General Greg Dyke told i the licence fee was “anachronistic” and that people on benefits should get free licences, financed by wealthier people paying more. Labour said it will consider proposals to make the licence fee fairer.
Sir Peter, the former head of production giant Endemol, said the licence fee itself should be replaced with a new system requiring everyone to pay a monthly charge to support public service broadcasting, whether they watch TV or not.