BBC announces TV licence fee increase

The cost of the annual television licence fee will increase from £154.50 to £157.50, the BBC has announced.

The price hike is set to come into effect on April 1, and will also see the cost of an annual black and white licence rise from £52.00 to £53.00.

The level of the licence fee is set by the Government, which announced in 2016 that it would rise in line with inflation for five years from April 2017.

It comes days after the BBC announced a cull of 450 jobs in the corporation’s news department as part of an £80million savings programme.

The licence fee, which accounts for around 75 per cent of the BBC’s revenue, is under unprecedented pressure. 

Last June, the corporation controversially announced it was scrapping free TV licences for most over-75s.

Newsnight, BBC2’s flagship current affairs show, is among the programmes bearing the brunt of the cuts, along with popular radio station Radio 5 Live.

As a result, the BBC, which has about 6,000 news staff, will cover fewer stories and plough more money into its online output.

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