BBC confirms plan to scrap free licences for 3m+ over-75s

The BBC has this afternoon confirmed its plans to scrap free TV licences for millions of pensioners across the country.

The benefit will be available only to those on Pension Credit from June 2020, meaning over three million people over the age of 75 will be forced to pay the licence fee each year.

BBC chairman David Clementi said it had proven to be a “very difficult decision” but that “fairness” was at the heart of the decision.

 

He added: “There are people for whom this will be unwelcome news, who have not paid until now but will do so.

“We know we have a loyal audience over the age of 75 and we think many of them will understand the difficult position we are in.”