TV licence fee to increase from April

BBC iPlayer on laptop

BBC iPlayer on laptop

The Government has said that the annual cost of BBC programming will continue to increase in line with inflation for five years.

The TV licence fee is going up for the second year running from £147 to £150.50.

The Government confirmed on Thursday that the annual cost for BBC programming would go up again, having risen in 2017 for the first time since 2010.

Telly watchers have to pay the annual fee whether they're watching live TV or on BBC iPlayer on any device.

Licence fee payers will receive a reminder of the new amount when they next need to renew, with anyone buying or renewing after 1 April made to pay the new higher fee.

Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April will pay the new fee.

The latest increase comes as the corporation faces scrutiny over a gender pay gap.

Director-general Lord Tony Hall recently faced questions from MPs about pay imbalance following evidence from Carrie Gracie, who resigned as the BBC's China editor over unequal pay.

If you pay via a monthly or weekly plan which stared before April 1 then you'll continue paying the old fee until your licence is up for renewal.

If you're buying a new licence before 1 April you'll also pay the current rate.

Jeremy Vine and John Humphrys are among the top talent who said they are willing to take a pay cut to contribute to closing the gender pay gap at the corporation.

The charge applies whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.

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