Culture secretary

Culture Secretary says she shares her Netflix account with four other people

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has admitted to sharing her Netflix password with other households.

Appearing before the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Ms Dorres described the streamer’s subscription offer as “incredibly generous”.

“There are four other people who can use my Netflix account in other parts of the country,” she said, adding that Netflix was likely to change its subscription model.

According to the terms and conditions set by Netflix, account users must live together.

Netflix estimates that in addition to its 221.64 million paying households worldwide, an additional 100 million households use the service through a friend or relative.

As part of a reform of media regulation in the UK, Ofcom will be given the power to oversee streaming services, with Dorries in charge of the regulator.

Dorries, typically combative, denied having already decided to scrap the BBC license fee and replace it with a subscription model.

“We’re at a point where we have to wake up and smell the coffee and realize that times are changing rapidly in terms of the broadcasting landscape,” Dorries said. “It is time to find a more efficient, modern and fairer way of funding the BBC. What is it, I have no opinion.