The government officially signaled the death of the BBC license fee by pledging to overhaul the corporation’s century-old funding model.

Ministers announced the first significant change to broadcasting laws in nearly 20 years, with reform of the BBC high on the agenda.

In a 42-page white paper, the government said it would set out a timetable for a review of the charge over the next few months, during which other options would be considered.

The document said there were “clear challenges on the horizon for the sustainability of the license fee”, including the streaming revolution, which has reduced the number of people choosing to pay for BBC services.

Ministers have warned that unless action is taken, a growing number of license denials