In what the BBC believes is a huge concession to we over 75s, the BBC is “to delay TV licence fee changes for the over-75s until August in light of the coronavirus situation”.
“Free” TV licences for up to 3.7 million people had been due to be scrapped on 1 June, but that has been put back to 1 August. These are “exceptional circumstances” and “now is not the right time”, BBC chairman Sir David Clementi,
who “works” for just three days a week for £100,000 a years said. He added “We are fully focused on delivering our services to the public at this difficult time”.
The BBC confirmed it will foot the cost of the two-month delay!! It’s the ripped off over 75s who have paid for 60 years who foot the major part of the BBC!
Last year, the corporation announced that only low-income households where one person receives the pension credit benefit will still be eligible for a free licence from June 2020. On Monday, amid the growing spread of the coronavirus, the BBC and the government issued a joint statement saying they “do not want anyone to be worried about any potential change” at the current time.
“The BBC’s priority over the coming period will be to do everything we can to serve the nation at this uniquely challenging time,” the statement said. “As the national broadcaster, the BBC has a vital role to play in supplying information to the public in the weeks and months ahead.”
“Recognising the exceptional circumstances, the BBC board has therefore decided to change the start date of the new policy. Our current plan is to now bring it into place on 1 August. We will of course keep the issue under review as the situation continues to evolve.”
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said “I am pleased the BBC has worked with us and agreed to delay their licence fee changes for over-75s from coming in and will keep this under review. It will be welcome news to millions of older people who now don’t need to worry about their TV licence during this challenging period. It is right that the BBC have recognised the exceptional circumstances posed by the coronavirus outbreak and the need for the whole country to pull together in the national effort”. Oh, hurrah, he’s easily pleased!
The only way these numbskulls will get the message is for all over 75s to start a long period of civil disobedience and flatly refuse to pay for this obnoxious bunch of overpaid “talent” and “stars” who quite frankly are ripping us off. Will every single one of the overpaid and under worked BBC football “presenters” face a loss of income for doing bugger all for months while in the real world that rich “whatsisname” who runs Virgin Air has told his staff to take 8 weeks off “unpaid”?