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Read this: This is what would be lost if the BBC gave free TV licences to all over-75s | Peter Kosminsky | Opinion | The Guardian

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

10:30 AM

Yeah, as the BBC is just about the only ones to buy the Guardian, it's not hard to see why it published this nonsense.

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mikesey's 22 posts GB flag

4:03 PM

mikesey: Why is it nonsense? The article is perfectly reasonable, factual, and it could have appeared in many other publications.

The BBC was forced by the Government to pay for something that the government up to then had paid for itself. That money has to come from somewhere, and if the BBC licencepayer has to cover the cost of a freebie to every single 75 year old plus (which includes my father), something has to give.

The BBC paying for this is essentially cutting 20% of its budget. Thats 20% less to spend on stuff, and even worse, the number of 75s will only increase over time, leading to ever higher costs.

If the government wants to make all 75s pay for their licence fee (in exactly the same way they have to pay for their broadband), then they should say so. If they want to pay for it, again, thats up to them. But putting a gun to the BBCs head and make them pay for something not in their gift - thats extortion.

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