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TV Licence increase announced

The cost of a TV Licence will pass the £150 a year mark for the first time from April.

In line with a Government decision to link the cost of a TV Licence with inflation until early next decade, viewers will pay £150.50 per year after 1st April 2018. This increase will not be due until a licence is due for renewal, where applicable.

The TV Licence started increasing in price last year after a seven year prize freeze.

According to the BBC, last year, 95% of the BBC’s controllable spend went on content for audiences and delivery, with just 5% spent on running the organisation. Programmes in the last year have included Strictly, Blue Planet II, Three Girls, Doctor Foster, Doctor Who, Taboo, McMafia, EastEnders, Match of the Day, Wimbledon and the Winter Olympics.

In particular, groups aligned to the far right and far left oppose the BBC licence fee. Both frequently accuse the BBC of being biased to the left/to the right of the political spectrum.