THE BBC could end up becoming a Netflix-style subscription service, the Beeb's top boss has admitted.
Director-general Tony Hall accepted that in the future, the licence fee could be abolished and replaced with a voluntary payment.
2 Lord Hall said the BBC could become a subscription serviceCredit: PA:Press Association
That would mean only those who choose to pay up would have access to the Beeb's programmes.
Speaking to a Commons committee yesterday, Lord Hall said: "You could decide the BBC is a subscription service.
"It would be very, very different to the sort of BBC you have now, because you would be giving subscribers what they want, not the breadth of the population."
He claimed the proposal would see the end of the "universal BBC" which aims to appeal to all Brits.
Lord Hall added: "I would argue that’s the wrong model for supporting the BBC."
The Beeb is under intense criticism for taking free TV licences away from the over-75s.
Yesterday MPs called on Lord Hall to reverse the decision and guarantee the elderly access to television.
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But he insisted it would be too expensive and force massive cuts across the corporation.
The licence fee currently stands at £154.50 and must be paid by anyone who watches TV on a traditional set or online.
A subscription to Netflix costs between £6 and £12 a month in the UK.
2 The move would mean you have to pay directly to access BBC servicesCredit: Alamy