The BBC ran a ‘deprivations test’ where it made a group of licence-fee payers live without its TV, radio and online service for a fortnight to see if it changed their minds about the corporation.

The experiment was revealed by chat show host Graham Norton, who said the BBC should be switched off for two months to see how people react.

He told the Daily Telegraph: “I’m not sure I should tell you this, but the BBC did do a thing… They wanted to know what the public appetite was for the licence fee, so they did a deprivations test.

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“They got a mixture of people – those who were happy paying the licence fee, those who didn’t want to pay it, those who thought it was too high.

“And they took their services away for two weeks. No internet, no radio, no TV. And at the end of it, everyone was happy to pay for the licence fee.”