Daily Mail

Should the over-75s pay the TV licence fee?

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THE BBC chairman’s message to TV licence payers aged over 75 was clear: to those who have shall be given; from those who have not shall be taken. I refer, of course, to ‘celebrity’ presenters, such as Gary Lineker and Graham Norton, to whom the BBC shovels vast sums of money. Pensioners mostly do not ‘have’. Being among the weakest members of society, in terms of age and finances, they are the most vulnerable. Hence, the old codgers must pay.

H.T. KiTcHen, carharrack, cornwall. I am soon going to have to pay for a TV licence, but the programmes are generally dreadful. I work in the High Street and hear bad language because it’s on TV so much! alcohol is now widely available and TV characters in the soaps are often holding a can of beer or a glass of wine! No wonder we have violent behaviour. We have lost the plot! mary Whitehouse (for those who remember her) had a point!

BARBARA PeARS, colchester, essex.

THE decision to remove the free licence fee from the over-75s is wrong. Surely the way forward is to do what the Government has done with the pension age due to life expectancy increasing. The BBC should raise the qualifying age from 75 to 80 for all those born after 1959, with those who previously qualified for a free licence at 75 to have to pay only a reduced fee for these additional five years and then to review the qualifying age every few years.

D.MAulDon, Sudbury, Suffolk. aT LEaST the BBC’s own pensioners can afford a licence fee — with the likes of former creative director alan Yentob on a pension package of £4,000-plus per week.

BRiAn JoneS, Swansea.

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