BBC license fee: Britons overwhelmingly think price increase is ‘unfair’ in new poll | UK | News (Reports)

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From April 1, the broadcasting company is due to increase the price of the annual license fee from £157.50 to £159. It follows a similar move by streaming service Netflix, which announced an increase of £2 extra per month for its premium service in January.

Now, a fresh poll by YouGov conducted and released on Tuesday shows the British public are largely unhappy about the BBC’s increase in price.

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Of 4,222 adults polled in Great Britain, only 28 percent said they thought the license fee increase was “fair”.

The vast majority – 62 percent – said they thought it was “unfair,” while 11 percent said they did not know.

Another wrote: “Why, for example, should I have to pay the BBC when I only want to watch Channel 4?”

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Others were not bothered by the planned increase. One user said: “Really, it’s £1.50. Don’t see what all the fuss is about.”

Last month, Netflix announced it would be increasing the monthly cost of its standard package from £8.99 to £9.99 and its premium package from £11.99 to £13.99.

Netflix said: “Our price change reflects the significant investments we’ve made in new TV shows and films, as well as improvements to our product.”

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It claimed to be spending more than £736 million in the UK producing “locally-made films” and series this year.

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