Free TV licences: Ricky Tomlinson leads BBC Salford protest

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Ricky Tomlinson pronounced a supervision should account giveaway TV licences

Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson has led a criticism outward a BBC’s northern domicile opposite skeleton to mattock giveaway TV licences for a over-75s.

The actor, 79, and about 60 pensioners demonstrated during MediaCityUK in Salford – a home of BBC 5 Live and BBC Sport.

“I don’t consider a BBC should be appropriation this during all – we consider a supervision should be,” he said.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) pronounced it was “disappointed” with a BBC.

Mr Tomlinson, 79, an envoy for Age UK, pronounced of aged people: “One of a biggest things they’ve got to keep them going is a television.

“It’s a salvation to them and we are articulate about holding it divided and if not holding it away, charging them for carrying it.

“I consider it’s an comprehensive disgrace. And anyone who votes for that should be ashamed of themselves and quit their pursuit as an MP.”

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He added: “They have worked all their life. We’ve paid into a complement and a small bit you’ve given them behind we are now holding away.”

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The proof was organized by a National Pensioners Convention.

At present, all over-75s accept a giveaway TV licence, though from subsequent year it will be means-tested with usually households that accept grant credit being eligible.

The BBC has pronounced a pierce aims to strengthen programming while traffic with a additional appropriation weight sparked by a supervision flitting a cost of appropriation giveaway licences onto a BBC as partial of an updated looseness agreement.

More than 3 million people over 75 will have to compensate for their TV looseness when a new intrigue comes into outcome on 1 Jun 2020.

A DCMS matter said: “We’ve been transparent that we wish and design a BBC to continue this concession.”

The demo in Salford was organized by a National Pensioners Convention (NPC), that is assembly in Blackpool.