What does your licence fee pay for?

A standard colour TV Licence costs £145.50 – the equivalent of £12.13 per month or just under 40p per day.

The fee you pay provides a wide range of TV, radio and online content, as well as developing new ways to deliver it to you. In addition to funding BBC programmes and services, a proportion of the licence fee contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population and funding Welsh Language TV channel S4C and local TV channels. This was agreed with the government as part of the 2010 licence fee settlement.

The licence fee allows the BBC's UK services to remain free of advertisements and independent of shareholder and political interest.

We aim to collect the fee efficiently and fairly in order to deliver value for money for licence fee payers. In 1991 collection costs came to 6.2% of the total fee collected. By 2013/14 we had reduced this to 2.7%, allowing more money to go towards new content and services. Find out how the BBC spends the licence fee.

The Government has frozen the licence fee at its 2010 level of £145.50 until 31 March 2017, three months after the current BBC Charter period ends.

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How the BBC spent the licence fee in 2013/14


Monthly spend - £12.13 per household

Licence fee spend 2013/14 pie chart

TV key icon Television: £8.00

Spend other icon Other services and production costs: £0.73

Radio key icon Radio: £2.30

Collection key icon Licence fee collection and other costs: £0.49

Online key icon Online: £0.61

The licence fee: value for money

 

If you still have questions take a look at TV Licensing FAQs where you can find all the answers in one place.