Linear TV viewership may be on the decline, but the TV license system does more than just pay for linear TV, it contributes to the BBC as a whole. The revenue from the TV license fees helps pay for the world-renowned top quality service provided by the BBC. The fee maintains the integrity and standards of the organisation, allowing them to churn out award-winning shows and documentaries and comprehensive news and radio shows.
Conservative MP Huw Merriman stated that "The BBC should not be a target" explaining that “It not only brings us together at home but helps maintain our influence on the world stage."
The BBC produces creative important content that gets broadcasted across the globe. The BBC is a British cultural institution that should, therefore, be protected.