The TV licence fee is set to increase for the second year in a row, from £147 to £150.50, the Government has announced.
The annual fee for BBC programming increased for the first time since 2010 in 2017 after the Government said it would rise in line with inflation for five years.
Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal.
Those buying or renewing a licence after April 1, when the rise comes into force, will pay the new fee while those already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before April 1 – such as monthly direct debit or weekly cash payments – will continue to make payments totalling £147 until their licence comes up for renewal.
Unsurprisingly, people are distinctly unimpressed with the second price rise in as many years, with people taking to Twitter to vent their frustration, with many arguing that they prefer to use streaming services:
BBC License Fee to go up by £3.50/year. In 2018, those who want other TV channels should have a choice #whypayBBCtoaccessITV
— Daniel Marcus (@DanielMarcus93) February 22, 2018
“TV licence fee to rise for second year running” – Sheesh … they just don’t realise do they? I already can pretty much get Netflix & Amazon Prime Video for the monthly BBC license fee price. Throw the BBC to the free market wolves, see if their “quality output” shines through. https://t.co/TwessLqE0b
— John (@EnglandProject) February 22, 2018
— Ann Armstrong (@RedPuma1uk) February 22, 2018
I’ve always payed my TV license but I never watch TV I watch Netflix for like an hour every other day. As if I am gonna pay more!!
— Chris Walton (@chriswalton95) February 22, 2018
Its time BBC was made into a subscription service You pay like sky to watch https://t.co/La2Ldmz3na its garbage.If you dont pay it you dont get coverage of their https://t.co/Da4u2sMOZK license needs scrapping as you paying twice to watch tv if you have sky
— tony (@tonyf_efc) February 22, 2018
TV Licensing, the body tasked with collecting the fee, will be advising licence fee payers due to renew in March to pay on time so that they will pay the current rate of £147.
Those buying a new licence before April 1 will also pay the current rate.
Anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, or watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer, must have a licence.
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The charge applies whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.
The announcement of the latest rise, that comes in on 1 April, comes as the corporation faces scrutiny over gender pay inequality.
— A (@girl_outatime) February 22, 2018
People about the BBC:
-Give female employees more money!
-Make more shows for ME and MY demographic!
-Stop showing repeats!
Also people about the BBC:
-an extra 30p a month for the tv license. THE WORLD IS ENDING!
— Lewis J 815 / ESC-75 Days (@LJay815) February 22, 2018
Director-general Lord Tony Hall recently faced questions from MPs about pay imbalance following evidence from Carrie Gracie, who resigned as the BBC’s China editor over unequal pay.
Jeremy Vine and John Humphrys are among the top talent who have said they are willing to take a pay cut to contribute to closing the gender pay gap at the corporation.