Only those eligible for the pension credit are exempt, all others over 75 years old now having to buy a permit. The over-75s previously had government-paid television licenses until 2015, when responsibility was handed over to the BBC.

Last year, the company announced that it was ending free licenses, in an effort to raise funds.

However, a transition period was put in place during the pandemic to allow retirees to adjust to the new system.

It ends on Saturday, after which anyone caught watching unlicensed live TV could face a fine.

According to the BBC, nine in ten people over the age of 75 have already paid for a license or are eligible for a free license.

However, that still leaves around 260,000 people who have yet to make the payment.

Currently, it costs £ 159 for a color TV license, or £ 53.50 for a black and white license.

It is illegal to watch live TV anywhere in the UK unless you pay for a license, which funds the BBC.

According to the Daily Star, the BBC earned an additional £ 250million, dropping free licenses for most over-75s.

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The group has attracted over 100,000 Twitter followers and 33,000 Facebook likes.

TV Licensing, which is responsible for providing the television licenses, insists that they can find those who watch live without paying.

Their website states, “We have a database of approximately 31 million licensed and unlicensed addresses. This tells us if your address has a TV license.

“All our visiting agents have access to this database. This means that they can check if you have a license or not.

“If you tell us that you don’t need a TV license, our agents can always visit you to confirm it.

“We also have a fleet of detection vans that can detect the use of TV receiving equipment at specifically targeted addresses within minutes. “

Following the 2019 general election, BBC chief executive Tony Hall denounced allegations of bias against the company, saying the complaints came from all political backgrounds.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said: “About 27 million people in the UK have come to the BBC website to inquire about the election results.

“It was a reminder of the trust people place in the BBC.

“But the fact that the criticism came from all sides of the political divide shows me that we were doing our job without fear or favor.”

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This notice was published: 2021-07-28 20:33:58


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