Free TV licences for up to 3.7m pensioners are being scrapped, the BBC has announced.
A petition set up to get the BBC to reverse their decision and pay for the licence fee has been overtaken by one which demands the BBC pay for pensioner’s Netflix accounts.
The anonymous man behind the petition said, “A lot of people like me watch the telly without ever having paid for a TV licence, so the BBC’s decision isn’t going to make any difference to us when we become pensioners. However, I’d really appreciate it if the BBC paid for my Netflix subscription. I don’t need them to pay for Amazon Prime as I’ve already been given a lifetime subscription to that.” He did admit that he hadn’t liked the BBC since they got him fired for punching a Top Gear producer in the face.
The broadcaster said that BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5 live, and a number of local radio stations would all have been at risk.
“Why does everybody always forget about us,” sulked the controller of Radio Three.
The government has said the BBC must ‘do more to support older people’.
As a result, the BBC has revealed its plans to revive ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’ with a reality TV show twist. Each week members of the public who are over 75 will be put into an object on wheels, such as a bathtub, and pushed down a steep hill with a cobbled path somewhere in West Yorkshire. Those that survive will win a free TV licence.
The controller of BBC One who commissioned the show admitted that she might have had a few drinks when she came up with idea.
In 2017, the Conservatives made a pledge to keep free TV licences for over-75s but instead of the government paying for it they’d force the BBC to pay for it instead.
It’s been such a successful policy, the Conservatives are now considering keeping the NHS free by getting “over-paid” General Practitioners to pay for it instead.