Legendary BBC newsreader Jan Leeming says TV licence is a ‘waste of money’

She was a familiar face to millions of viewers in the Seventies and Eighties.

But Jan Leeming says she will not pay for another TV licence next year because it is a ‘waste of money’.

The former newsreader said she has just forked out £157.50 for her licence, which she has had to start paying for again after the BBC ended free TV licences for most over-75s at the beginning of the month.

Miss Leeming, said it was once value for money but is not now, with so many other ‘outlets’ for people to watch. 

She said she was interested only in some programmes on BBC4 but could ‘live without it’. 

‘Ouch – just wrote cheque for £157.50 for [my] TV licence,’ she wrote on Twitter.

‘In the past it was probably value for money but [I] hardly ever watch terrestrial TV – not interested in soaps, cookery and delving into people’s lives with so many reality programmes – there are so many other outlets nowadays. The licence has been around so long [I] can’t remember – is [the] licence only for BBC?

‘If it is then I need not have paid it as there’s very little on it that I watch? Then I’ve just wasted my money. How do the police know whether you’ve paid or not? I like some BBC4 repeats but can live without it. Won’t renew next year.’

She also took aim at licence fee money being used to help pay the large salaries of some BBC employees.

‘It’s the way our money is spent by the BBC that annoys me. There are too many overpaid people.’

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