The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster or so it says, however, if the free TV Licence for the over – 75s is abolished then it ceases to be a British public service broadcaster. This is so because a large proportion of the British public will not be legally allowed to, not only, the BBC but any TV, as many over-75s will not be able to afford the TV licence and will therefore have no TV legally, only the radio.
This will be a retrograde step for which the BBC may never recover.
Yes, the Government have brought this onto the BBC, but it will be the BBC which will shoulder the blame.
EXCLUSIVE: Mr Brown criticised both the BBC and the Tories and called the issue a matter “of national importance”
With more and more pensioners living in poverty, scrapping free TV licences for the over-75s would rob many of their only companion, say campaigners. And Gordon Brown todays pleads with the BBC not to axe the vital concession, which he introduced as Chancellor – outlining five main reasons why it should be kept.
The former Labour PM warned taking away the free licence for the elderly risks criminalising pensioners who cannot pay the £150.50, gives unreasonable powers to the Beeb and will cost the corporation millions in admin fees.
He also accused the Tories of betraying the voting public by breaking a manifesto promise that the free licence would be safe, when then-Chancellor George Osborne decided to withdraw government funding for the it and hand responsibility to the BBC.
Calling it an…
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