Gordon Brown warns ending free TV licences could criminalise poor over-75s


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.

2.4 million older people could lose their free TV licences


Scrapping free TV licences for the over 75s would be wrong.

The TV Licence was introduced on 1 June 1946 to fund broadcasting, which effectively was the BBC, the only UK broadcaster at that time.

In those days there was no other form of funding, but that is not so today.

Unlike another broadcaster today the BBC has a secure form of income by way of the TV licence.

Surely in todays climate all broadcasters should be funded on an equal basis.

So, should not the TV licence fee be shared between all UK broadcasters or with drawn completely.

Therefore, is not a free licence for the over 75s be a suitable compromise.

Should the BBC decide for the free licence fee be withdrawn, I would say that the outcome should be to completely withdraw the TV licence and thereby make funding equal for all broadcasters