BBC needs more British output - PM

The BBC should be producing more home-grown dramas and comedies if it is to justify the continuation of the licence fee, David Cameron has suggested.

The BBC should be less reliant on foreign programmes, Prime Minister David Cameron has said
The BBC should be less reliant on foreign programmes, Prime Minister David Cameron has said

With the corporation's Royal Charter due for renewal in 2016, the Prime Minister said he remained a supporter of the TV licence as the means of financing the BBC.

However he made clear that it needed to maximise its own output and avoid becoming over-reliant on imports like Borgen, The Bridge and The Killing.

"I'm in favour of the licence fee, but I'm in favour of making sure they get good value for money," he said during a question-and-answer session in Birmingham on Heart, Capital and Smooth Radio.

"I often wonder why is it we make something amazing like The Office and we just make eight episodes. You've got Modern Family and they're churning out series seven or something.

"So, let's try and make sure we produce the hits of the future, rather than having to brush up on our Danish and read the subtitles."