The licence fee supports the greatest volume and range of original television and radio programming and public service online content to be found in the UK.

Our income explained 2012/13

Licence Fee

The BBC is established by Royal Charter and our UK public service broadcasting activities are funded by UK households. 

Total licence fee income£3,656m£3,606m

Commercial operations

Our commerical operations include BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios and Post Production and BBC Global News Ltd.

Combined profit before interest and tax £155m£222m

Grant income

BBC World Service is currently funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. BBC Monitoring is funded by the Cabinet Office. 

Grant in aid and grant income£265m£277m

Cost per household

A six-year licence fee settlement was agreed in 2010 which, in effect, has frozen the licence fee at £145.50 until 2016.

Cost per household per day40p40p

Cost per service 2012/13

 spend per year% of licence fee
Television £2,472m65
Radio £670m17%
Online £177m5%
Other £502m13%

Audience reach

Percentage of the population who use BBC services each week. 

Audience reach96%96%

Total time spent

Length of time the average listener and viewer spends with the BBC each week. 

Total time spent19.5 hours19 hours

Overall impression of the BBC

The overall impression of the BBC given as a figure out of ten.

Overall impression of the BBC7/107/10



What it delivers 2012/13

Network TV programming spend 2012/13 

The BBC has committed that by 2016, 50% of network TV programming spend will be from outside of London and 17% from the Nations. 


The licence fee in Europe


Source: Broadcasting Fee Association.

All licences run for a calendar year, except the UK, which runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Euro exchange rate used as of 1 January 2013 (£1=EUR 1.23). Cost is total per licence to domestic customer for TV and radio.

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