Owing to a withdrawal of Government funding, the BBC has announced that up to 3.7 million pensioners who previously received a free TV licence will now have to pay for it.
But in another revenue generating change, ‘Auntie’ has also announced that any viewer under 5 will also require their own separate licence
BBC chairman David Clementi said it had been a “very difficult decision”, to remove free licenses from the over 75’s
“but it has also come to our attention that there are a vast proportion of BBC viewers who are contributing nothing to the BBC budget”, he went onto add, “There are thousands of Under 5s watching ‘Twirlywoos’ and ‘Giglebiz’, for free. This must end!”
The Culture Secretary is Jeremy Wright
“Many Under 5s have no choice in watching CBeeBies.”, added Mr Wright, defending the BBC decision, “This makes them an ideal revenue target. Lazy parenting, means there is a whole demographic of untapped revenue for the BBC to exploit. The BBC needs to look at these options carefully and not pass on its financial difficulties to the Great British Tax Payer”
It costs £154.50 for a colour and £52 for a black and white TV Licence.
Culture secretary Jeremy Wright went onto add, “Obviously, there could be some issues in an Under 5 affording the license fee, however the government is assisting in the setting up of flexible ‘Student Loan’ style system, whereby an Under 5 will only have to pay back the debt once they start paid employment”, the minister proposed, “We’ve got a popular Caymen Island based ‘pay-day loan’ financier on board, to help the BBC. We estimate once your average Under 5 reaches 18, the debt should be no more than £250,000, that is still less than the cost of a black market, human kidney in today’s money.”
The BBC said “fairness” was at the heart of the ruling, which comes into force in June 2020.
“So, sadly, other groups are being looked at”, the BBC Chairman concluded, “A government Think Tank has advised us that there are at least 15 Million Cats in this country watching the BBC without paying a license fee. “