Enforcing fee payment through criminal courts is outdated in populist world, says Knight

The Conservative MP tasked with scrutinising the BBC has said it is hard to justify enforcing the licence fee through the criminal courts, suggesting the corporation is losing support in its battle to prevent the decriminalisation of the £154.50 charge.

Julian Knight, the chair-elect of the Commons culture select committee, told the Guardian the sanctions on individuals who did not buy a television licence were increasingly out of date. “In 2020, when we’re looking at a world of populism, a world in which elites are being challenged an awful lot, the idea of criminal sanctions over the licence fee sticks in a lot of people’s throats.”

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