BBC director general says licence fee decision 'not easy'
Written by The Newsroom on June 11, 2019
BBC Director General Tony Hall has said scrapping free TV licences for all over-75s was “not an easy decision”.
Under new rules, only low-income households where one person receives the pension credit benefit will still be eligible for a free licence.
In 2015, the government announced the BBC would take over the cost of providing free licences for over-75s by 2020 as part of the fee settlement.
But that would have cost £750m, a fifth of the BBC’s budget, by 2021/22.
Lord Hall said the BBC had tried to “strike a difficult balance” between preserving its services and honouring the settlement.
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