The Canadian Perspective
There is a similar movement in Canada, primarily from the far right and expressed by some Conservative politicians (mostly rural) that wants to kill the CBC. CBC has already been hurt by years of Tory budget cuts and the appointment of Tory stooges to the CBC board.
In Canada the CBC is funded from taxation, so support does vary with income and we have none of the odious effects of your license model.
Personally I don't have much use for CBC tv, but CBC radio is a treasure. I also watch some DV, France 24 and NHK World and I think there is a great value in national broadcasters. CBC radio produces much programming that would *never* be produced by the private sector. I shudder to think how bad our news could be if corporate media were all we had left. I saw some of your Brit newspapers shown on DV or Fr24 the day before the recent election and I had no idea media could sink so low.