THE BBC licence fee is sexist and could be axed and replaced with a levy on richer council taxpayers, says the Culture Secretary.
The current system clobbers females with three quarters of criminal fines, Nadine Dorries revealed.
She said: “It’s their name on the rent book, it’s their name on the mortgage, they’re the ones who take responsibility for the kids.”
Ms Dorries has started a year-long review of the fee.
She hinted she could back the German idea, where the licence fee was axed and £15 put on everyone’s council tax — with some exempt.
People on low incomes, students or those without a TV can apply to not pay it.
Ms Dorries added: “A system of a fee just because you own a television set discriminates so heavily against women is something that needs to be looked at.”
She blasted the fee as a “regressive tax” which is the same for everyone – regardless of how much they earn.
She said: “Whatever happens will be fairer than what happens now.”