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October 20, 2010

No increase in TV licence for 6 years

by Janet Harris

A new TV licence fee settlement has been announced which will force the BBC to tighten its belt.

The fee will remain at its current level of £145.50 for a colour licence, until 2016, offering some respite for viewers who are being hard hit by the government’s spending cuts in other areas.

However, the BBC will also be required to take on some new commitments, including funding the World Service, which is currently paid for by the Foreign Office, and paying the licence fee for over-75s, who receive a free licence.

The broadcaster will also have to fund the Welsh language channel S4C, which is currently paid for by the taxpayer.

In total it will have to find an extra £840m to carry on providing these services.

BBC Trust chairman Michael Lyons issued a statement saying: “This is a tough settlement, but it’s also a settlement that delivers certainty and stability for the BBC and licence fee payers through to 2016/17.”

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  1. good!

    Comment by shadow — October 20, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

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