GB News presenter rages as he exposes key BBC licence fee flaw ‘Morally unsustainable!’

GB news presenter calls BBC licence fee 'morally unsustainable'

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Colin Brazier was praised by GB News viewers for highlighting a key problem with the BBC TV licence as he recalled an online spat he had with BBC radio presenter Jeremy Vine. Mr Brazier noted Mr Vine took issue with Prince Philip’s funeral as he feared the 30 attendees of the ceremony may all be white which saw the two presenters clash on Twitter. But Mr Brazier made the point that while people who disagree with him could simply turn off GB News, those who oppose Mr Vine’s points are still forced by law to pay the licence fee and essentially support him even if they disagree with him.

Mr Brazier’s concerns come as the BBC attempts to crackdown on impartiality by introducing guidelines that prevent certain employees from expressing their views on Twitter.

Speaking on GB News, Mr Brazier discussed his clash with Mr Vine and explained the issues of the licence fee.

He explained: “Being a BBC presenter, Jeremy Vine earns at least twice what Boris Johnson gets as prime minister.

“Being of an envious disposition this rather sticks in my craw not because I don’t think Mr Vine isn’t a perfectly capable broadcaster, he’s obviously much liked.

“It’s because he’s symptomatic of a bigger problem, the problem starts with a number – £159.

“That’s the annual fee that BBC demands from me and you, the licence fee payers, and it does so with menaces as if you refuse to pay you’re potentially in quite a lot of bother with the law.

“But the problem is more than a number, it’s an attitude.

“Early this year, I criticised Jeremy Vine on Twitter, he wondered whether Prince Philip’s funeral was sufficiently diverse which, given that it was a ceremony involving a white family, seemed a bit daft.”

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Mr Brazier said Mr Vine launched a “verbal haymaker” at him as the pair clashed over diversity issues.

But the GB News presenter said it was ok for them to have the spat if Mr Vine was not a “publically funded commentator”.

He added: “If you don’t like what I say tonight you can turn me off.

“You can switch off Jeremy Vine too but you’ll still have to pay for the licence fee.”

Mr Brazier was praised by some GB News viewers for his monologue.

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@UKPolitoons wrote: “Shocking and very brave of Colin as I think that they will likely try & come after him now.

“@colinbrazierGBN will always have my support for this posting.”

@MrC_andthenews added: “Fantastic piece, always good to hear Colin’s segments.”

Anyone who watches linear TV is currently required to pay £159 a year.

The licence makes up a large part of the BBC’s annual budget and is paid by over 25 million households.

Failure to pay the fee is a criminal offence and can lead to a prison sentence.

Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman came out and attacked the licence fee and said the current system was not fit for purpose.

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