Watch: Urgent Question on changes to BBC licence fee

An Urgent Question was granted to discuss the cessation of the free BBC licence fee for over 75s, programming and job losses. As Chairman of the APPG on the BBC I had just had a meeting with MPs and BBC management to discuss the potential cuts to regional programmes. I therefore chose to focus on the potential cuts to regional political and current affairs coverage, news that I know constituents rely on. The BBC are cutting jobs across the regions in England. In total, 50 of the 3,000 staff will be lost.