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U.K. government's reported plan to freeze BBC funding source stirs controversy

Britain's Conservative-led government is reportedly planning to freeze a key source of public funding for the British Broadcasting Corporation, one of the most trusted sources of news and a producer of some of the most popular television entertainment in the country.

The move comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is engulfed in scandal over revelations that a series of parties were held at 10 Downing Street while the country was in lockdown. Foto: Reuters.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that the controversial proposal to freeze the yearly household tax that funds the BBC's work could cost the broadcaster as much as £2 billion ($2.7 billion) over the next six years, in a move that has attracted criticism on social media from artists and opposition politicians.

Following months of negotiation between the BBC and the government, the Mail reported that a settlement had been reached on the tax, which is mandatory for households who watch or record BBC programming every year - and represents its largest source of income...

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