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Is the BBC planning to launch a subscription-based news channel in the United States?

Plans are said to be at an early stage, and could involve video content or a tier on the BBC website

The BBC is reportedly considering launching a premium subscription-based news channel in the US, as it looks to build its D2C services outside of the UK.

According to The Times, BBC director general Tim Davie is considering the idea of charging American viewers a monthly free to access the channel.

The report states the subscription service is one of a number of “self help” ideas being looked at by the BBC to generate income as TV licence revenues decrease

The plans are at an early stage and could involve a tier of the BBC website, a standalone app or video content.

Davie has previously discussed the idea of the broadcaster exploring D2C ventures, telling the Royal Television Society last year, “there is real opportunity across many of our fronts to look now properly at D2C businesses.”

Last month, the BBC launched BBC Select its first fully-owned streaming service in the United States.