BBC provokes outrage after sending 'threatening' letters to retirees who don't pay a licence fee.

BBC provokes outrage after sending ‘threatening’ letters to retirees who don’t pay a licence fee.

BBC provokes outrage after sending ‘threatening’ letters to retirees who don’t pay a licence fee.

The BBC’s top brass has been chastised for sending letters to elderly viewers who had not paid their TV licence fee over Christmas.

More than 200,000 seniors are still refusing to pay after the company took away their privilege to watch for free two years ago.

Silver Voices says that letters have been sent to people over 75, warning them that if they don’t pay the £159 annual tax, they could be taken to court.

According to its director, Dennis Reed, TV Licensing is “turning the screw again” after many months of “relative calm.”

Michelle Donelan, the culture secretary, thinks the BBC ought to exclude elderly people without TV licences from punishment.

There haven’t been any authorised enforcement actions or legal actions against over-75s who had free licences in the past.

The news comes after the BBC spent more than £7 million on a project to create new logos for its channels and services as part of a digital rebranding.

The BBC’s Royal Charter comes due for renewal in 2027, but the government stated this year that the licence price of £159 would be fixed for the next two years.

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