Ben Fogle to donate salary from BBC show to help elderly pay for TV licence

Broadcaster Ben Fogle is to donate one year’s salary from BBC show Animal Park to help pensioners pay for their TV license.

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It comes after the BBC’s disgraceful decision to scrap free TV licences for most of those aged over 75.

The government responded to the decision by saying: “We’ve been clear that we want and expect the BBC to continue this concession.

“People across the country value television as a way to stay connected, and we want the BBC to look at further ways to support older people.”

Now Fogle, whilst praising the BBC overall, said it was “time to rethink the licence” and that “I think society is in danger of losing its moral compass”.

And he announced that: “I have decided to donate my entire salary to this year’s BBC Animal Park to subsidise licences for those over 75 who have no way of paying for a licence.”

He also added: “We owe it to those over 75 who have served their country in the Armed Forces, the NHS, the fire service etc.”

Fogle concluded by saying: “This is the least I can do for those over 75, an often neglected sector of society. Wouldn’t it be nice if we started respecting, loving and thanking our elderly population. Love and peace all.”