Free TV for over-75s to be reviewed
FREE TV licence fees for over-75s are to be reviewed, the BBC has confirmed.
The corporation took over the cost from the Government of providing free TV licences for over-75s as part of its charter renewal negotiations.
The move is being phased in from 2018-19 with sole responsibility from 2020, when it is estimated to cost the broadcaster around £725 million.
BBC director general Lord Hall told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee: “The concession, as it’s currently formulated, comes to an end in June 2020. That was part of the last licence fee settlement...
“We, the board, have got to decide what to replace it with,” he said.
“We have got to be mindful ... We know that those over 65 or over 75 consume many, many more BBC services than others.There is real hardship among some or many of those over 75.”
Pressed on whether the free licence fee for over-75s would be replaced, he told MPs: “It could be the same.
“The board could say, we will just continue with it as it is or it could be reformed.”