Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries indicated at the groundbreaking plans for an overhaul after stating the next announcement about the fee would ‘be the last’.
Reacting to the news, BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker shared an image on Twitter of the different TV and radio channels aired on the channel, alongside the caption: ‘43p per day.’
In a later tweet, Walker, 44 clarified: ‘I am well aware that the BBC makes mistakes and needs to change, but the media landscape would be much poorer without it.
‘Those three letters are trusted and respected around the world.’
Gary Lineker the BBC’s highest paid star said ‘The BBC is revered, respected and envied around the world. It should be the most treasured of National treasures. Something true patriots of our country should be proud of. It should never be a voice for those in government whoever is in power.’
Former England football star Lineker, who also presents the Beeb’s Match of the Day, retweeted an image from the BBC press office that shows the content viewers get when they pay the licence fee.
The 61-year-old later wrote sarcastically: ‘Yes the BBC brings you the best in news, in sport, in drama, in music, in children’s, in science, in history, in entertainment, in current affairs and Sir David bloody Attenborough….but apart from that what has the BBC ever done for us?’
Love Actually actor Hugh Grant shared his thoughts on the possible plans and tweeted: ‘The BBC is something the whole world admires with envy. It is entirely appropriate that the insecure, spittle-flecked nut jobs of this government want to destroy it.’