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17/10/2019 19:21:20  

Freeview is one barrier to a Netflix-style model – but support might also waver if Strictly had to be cut

When the BBC gathered its top on-screen stars and off-screen producers for a drinks party at the top of London’s Walkie Talkie skyscraper last week, the message was clear: we might not be able to compete with Netflix on money – but our licence fee model means we can nurture and promote your work to the whole of Britain in a way that no other broadcaster can.

The culture secretary, Nicky Morgan, then opened a can of worms on Wednesday afternoon when she declared at a hearing of the culture select committee that she was “open-minded” about switching the corporation’s funding model to a Netflix-style subscription model, potentially breaking up the way the BBC operates.

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