BREXIT PARTY leader in the Welsh Assembly, Mark Reckless, has savaged the BBC over the broadcaster’s recent decision to scrap free TV licences for the over-75s.
Mr Reckless criticised the BBC for apparently going back on its original promise. Moreover, the former Ukip MP also insisted that the decision must be “reversed” in a scathing attack on BBC Question Time. Mr Reckless added: “The BBC agreed that it would fund free TV licences for the over-75s.
“It’s a breach of commitment and for that reason it must be reversed.
“The BBC made a promise and it should stick to it.”
The Brexit Party Assembly Member also criticised the broadcaster for bringing criminal proceedings against anyone who didn’t have a TV licence.
The decision has been widely criticised this week for its decision, and following that trend, the Question Time panel also derided the move.
Mr Reckless, however, also suggested: “The BBC should look to a model where people have the opportunity to subscribe instead of being forced to pay and imprisoned in certain circumstances.”
Since the announcement to scrap the free TV licence, a petition on Age UK has received 430,000 signatures calling on the BBC to reverse the decision.
Originally, the Government did pay for the TV licences with the BBC meant to take over in 2020.
The move now means that 3.7 million pensioners will be forced to pay for TV licences next year.
Presenter, Ben Fogle, said that he would donate one year’s salary from presenting Animal Park to help pensioners pay for their TV licences.
Mr Fogle praised the organisation for being “one of the greatest institutions in the world” but also criticised the recent move while also criticising the Government.
Mr Fogle added: “I am disappointed in the recent announcement on the abolition of free licences to the over-75s.
“I don’t entirely blame the BBC.
“I think the government forced their hand.”
In defence of the decision, the BBC did state that if it had not taken the decisions, it would’ve put BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5 Live and a number of local radio stations at risk.