The veteran broadcaster said that it is currently a “very difficult” time for the BBC and questioned whether it has become too powerful.
The 75-year-old called for part of the license fee to go towards the BBC’s commercial rivals, as well as cutting out “some of the gardening and the cookery”.
“The politicians are gunning for the BBC, there’s the licence fee coming up. To me the most important decision actually is to redefine the BBC’s role for the next period,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“To answer people’s questions about whether the BBC’s got too big, whether it’s too powerful for its own good, whether it’s crushing newspapers – local newspapers particularly – I think there’s some truth in that.”
He said that it makes sense for BBC Four to merge with BBC Two in order to create a channel that is “the quality thing it was meant to be”.
Mr Dimbleby also called for the corporation fee to “cut back a bit”, ramping up the pressure on director general Tony Hall to streamline spending and services.
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