A new TrendingCentral survey has revealed that Britons believe that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) costs taxpayers just £164 million per year, rather than the £4.8 billion that the public is forced to provide through the licence fee.
A Google Consumer Survey of 1008 Britons asked respondents to, “estimate what you believe to be the entire budget for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in the UK per year”. The average response after factoring out answers which were deemed to be intentionally incorrect, was just £164m, while the upper most guess was still only £900m.
The BBC is funded by a mandatory tax of £145.50 per year on the television-owning public in the United Kingdom. The results of the survey will raise the lack of public perception about the true cost of the BBC, and indeed should cause concern within the organisation that the public does not believe that the organisation should consume such vast amounts of money per year.
The figure of £164m would not even cover the cost of BBC property, nor its online presence, nor its technology department respectively. The BBC currently spends over £2bn a year on television programming, over £600m on radio, and £111m enforcing its own tax.
Those of the youngest age group (18-24) were most likely to think that the BBC cost less than £199m a year, while those in the age group of 65 and above estimated higher than any other group.
Londoners and Scottish respondents were also more likely to assume a higher cost, while those across most other regions of the United Kingdom estimated below £399m.