The BBC is facing calls to scrap the licence fee following the controversy over Gary Lineker's tweets regarding immigration.
The calls come from MPs of the Conservative Party who have been critical of the licence fee based on issues such as impartiality and targeting forgetful women.
Culture minister, Julia Lopez, noted the declining support among the public for the BBC licence fee.
DUP MP Sammy Wilson also criticised the BBC's handling of Lineker's comments and called for an end to the "poll tax on propaganda".
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a former business secretary and rival channel GB News presenter, has demanded the abolition of the £159-a-year BBC licence fee.
Rees-Mogg cited the fee's constraint on the BBC's revenue streams and its influence on regulation over the media as reasons for its abolition.
However, he also made a controversial comment about forgetful women not remembering to pay the "poll tax.
" In response, Culture minister Julia Lopez noted the declining support for the licence fee among the public and the importance of the BBC's impartiality.
At the same time, DUP MP Sammy Wilson criticised the BBC's handling of the Gary Lineker row, calling the licence fee a "poll tax on propaganda" that people should not be forced to pay.
These comments suggest a growing debate over the future of the BBC licence fee with concerns over impartiality and fairness, as well as issues with the fee's structure and targeting of vulnerable groups such as women.