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BBC TV licences set to stay free for over-75s until August

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The BBC will keep TV licenses free for over-75s until August following the outbreak of coronavirus. 

Last summer, the public service broadcaster confirmed it would introduce fees for everyone from June 2020 - charging viewers over the age of 75 for the first time since the turn of the millennium.

However, in light of recent events, BBC have now confirmed that elderly people will not have to pay the annual fee of £157.50 until 1 August.

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BBC chairman Sir David Clementi admitted that "now is not the right time" to introduce the charges.

Charity Age UK, who have been campaigning against the introduction of fees for over-75s, called the announcement "a victory for common sense".

The move to incorporate retirees into the TV license payment structure occurred off the back of a report which revealed failing to charge these 3.7 million people would cost the BBC £700m.

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Debate over license fees remains rife, with ministers still mulling over whether the charges should be completely scrapped moving forwards.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden commented: "It is right that the BBC have recognised the exceptional circumstances posed by the coronavirus outbreak and the need for the whole country to pull together in the national effort."

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