The BBC’s decision to abolish mandatory free TV licences for over 75s will not be overruled by the Culture and Media Secretary.
MPs have criticised BBC chief Lord Tony Hall for his handling of negotiations on the TV licence fee for over-75s.
Dame Vera Lynn has become the latest name in showbiz to question proposed restrictions on free TV licences for over-75s, saying she is “very upset” by the move.
The BBC’s restriction of free TV licences for over-75s could cost public finances more than it saves, the Office for Budgetary Responsibility has warned.
Over-75s face home visits by BBC “outreach” teams to ensure they pay their TV licensing fees from next year, the corporation’s director of policy has told a Commons select committee.
The director general of the BBC has said he initially described the Government’s decision to hand the corporation responsibility for free TV licences for over-75s as “nuclear”.
Downing Street has said the BBC needs to explain why staffing costs are increasing despite the corporation saying it cannot afford to fund TV licences for the over-75s.
The BBC has been criticised for handing some of its stars pay rises while announcing the end of the universal free TV licence for over-75s.
Female broadcasters said they do not believe “that pay inequality is in the past” as the broadcaster unveiled a list of 20 top-earning stars featuring five women.
The BBC has revealed its best-paid stars – with Zoe Ball, Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman in a list still topped by Gary Lineker.
The BBC has taken big steps to becoming a “fairer organisation” since the salaries of its highest-earning stars were first revealed two years ago, its director-general has said.
Former prime minister Gordon Brown has branded the move to means-test free TV licences “the wrong decision”.
Changes to free TV licences for over-75s have been blasted as “an absolute disgrace” as pensioners said they fear it could be the start of cuts to their benefits.
Pensioners have organised a protest over changes to free TV licences.
BBC bosses have been urged to be “brave” and tell the Government to take back responsibility for giving the over-75s free television licences.
The decision over whether to continue providing free TV licences for the over-75s should not be made by the BBC, former prime minister Gordon Brown has said.
A BBC project to rebuild the set of EastEnders is expected to cost £27 million more than planned, sparking concerns over licence fee payers’ value for money.
The BBC has waived the licence fee for local communities wanting to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
The TV licence fee will increase to £150.50 from £147 from April 1, the Government has announced.