The BBC's Director of Television has warned that all of its channels face cuts as a result of the Government's new funding deal.
Danny Cohen told Broadcast Magazine that, despite earlier rumours about their future, BBC Two and BBC Four were safe for now, but cuts across the board would be inevitable.
The Government recently brokered a deal with the BBC, whereby the national broadcaster will be forced to shoulder the £650m annual cost of providing "free" TV licences to the over-75s. In an effort to appease the BBC, the Government also took the unexpected decision to life a freeze on the TV licence fee. The £145.50 cost of a TV licence will now rise in line with the CPI rate of inflation from 2017.
"I wouldn't say BBC Two is under threat. All of the channels are going to have to think hard about how they save money, but BBC2 is a very important service which will continue," Cohen said.
Asked if any BBC services would be immune from cost-cutting, he added: "All of the channels will have to have some cuts, there’s no doubt about that... If you’ve got to save £150m by 2017/18, some of that has got to come out of television."
The Government is still considering proposals for the decriminalisation of TV licence evasion, although the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale MP, recently indicated that the TV licence fee would continue for the foreseeable future.