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BBC TV licence fee rising to £169 from April 1st see who can get it for free

Brits will have to pay more for their TV Licence   when the price goes up in just days. The cost of a TV licence will rise by more than £10 a year on Monday, April 1. The fee will increase by 6.6 per cent to £169.50 a year – a rise from its current price of £159. The price of a black and white TV licence is also increasing by £3.50, going from £53.50 to £57.The price increase is based on the inflation figure for September last year. The TV licence, which is managed by TV Licensing, is the BBC’s main source of funding.

This includes TV, radio, the BBC website, podcasts, iPlayer and apps. According to BBC data, the total income from the licence fee in 2023 was £3.74billion. This made by about 65 per cent of the BBC’s total income of £5.73billion. Culture secretary Luzer Frazer confirmed the new price last December.

In a statement to the House of Commons, the Culture secretary said the £10.50 hike would be ‘felt’ by households but noted that the BBC was facing ‘increasing pressure’ due to ‘a rapidly changing media landscape’. The TV Licence fee had been frozen for two years in 2022 and in 2023.

It is a legal offence not to have a TV licence if you watch or record live TV on any channel in the UK. This includes Channel 4, ITV & Channel 5.

It applies whether or not you watch live TV on a TV, PC, laptop, tablet, or phone. You also need a TV licence if you use BBC iPlayer – even if just on catch up and not live.

A TV licence must be purchased if you are watching live shows on streaming services including Amazon Prime, ITVX, All 4, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and My5. You do not need to have a TV licence if you are watching on-demand on these services.

This also includes Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITVX, Disney Plus, Now, and YouTube. The TV licence only covers live TV and the BBC – so if you watch on-demand shows on ITVX or All 4 you will not need one, if you watch a live football match on Sky or Amazon Prime, then you will need to buy one.

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