THE BBC has announced plans to take CBBC and BBC Four off traditional TV and make them online-only channels.
The cost-saving move comes after the Government said it would freeze the TV licence fee for the next two years.
By law, each household in the UK has to pay the TV licence fee (£159 per year). In return, the BBC is committed to use the licence fee money to make “impartial [not biased], high-quality and distinctive” content, which will “inform, educate and entertain” everyone who pays the licence fee.
Cuts to many other services, including the BBC’s local television and radio networks, were also announced. The BBC World News service is also set to be merged with the UK’s main BBC News channel.
BBC director-general Tim Davie said that this was the “moment to build a digital-first BBC… A positive force for the UK and the world.”
Television ratings for CBBC have been hit hard in the last few years, as viewers move to streaming services such as YouTube and Netflix.
Comic Relief host and comedian Lenny Henry described the decision as a “mistake”.
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