Saturday, August 1, 2020

Whose decision ?

Sir David Clementi, BBC Chairman, writes in The Times (paywalled), as free tv licence fees for over-75s not on Pension Credit come to an end. 

"This change has come about because the government decided, back in 2015, to stop funding free TV licences for over-75s. Parliament gave the BBC responsibility to decide what scheme, if any, might be introduced instead. We would also need to pay for it.

"Some suggest that we have somehow gone back on what was agreed. I want to be absolutely clear: there was never any agreement, either in public or in private, that the BBC would keep the government scheme going. Both government ministers and the BBC recognised at the time that reform was possible. Had there really been an agreement to continue the government’s scheme, there would have been no need for the public consultation the BBC was required to have on replacing it."

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