BBC likely to delay scrapping of free TV licences for over 75s until October

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The BBC is expected to delay scrapping free TV licences until October, if reports are to be believed.

The Times reports that the corporation is set to grant a second reprieve to pensions due to the current coronavirus lockdown. The decision, which would create a further £80 million hole in the broadcaster’s finances, will be discussed next month at a board meeting.

The original plan was for pensioners to begin paying for the licence fee from 1st June 2020 but that was delayed until August.

An insider told The Times, “They’ve said August, but we’ve been told from the top of the BBC that they’re going to extend that to October.

“They say they won’t go any later than that — that’s the crux point and the government won’t intervene on that. It also won’t bail them out.”

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