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BBC to scrap free tv licence for over 75s - here's how to cancel your licence NOW


BBC announced this week more than 3.7 million pensioners will have to pay for their TV licence from August 2020.

On September 1, 2016 it became law that you need a TV licence to watch or listen to the BBC channels. 

The TV licence is currently £154.50 a year, a fee that will apply to over-75s as well from August 2020.

However, you only need a TV licence if you watch live TV as it’s being broadcast or use BBC iPlayer.

That means, if you only use other catch-up sites, you don’t need one.

The rule that came into force in September 2016 explains you need a licence to legally use BBC iPlayer, even if you’re only watching catch-up TV.

But that doesn’t apply to other catch-up services, so the ITV Hub, All 4 and My5 are legal to use without a licence as long as you’re not using them to watch live TV.

If you pay by direct debit, the first step to cancel it is by filling out TV Licensing’s contact form.

You need to tell it that you are no longer watching TV and confirm your current address.

You then need to cancel your direct debit with your bank or if you pay with a TV Licensing payment card, you’ll need to call 0300 555 0286.

After this is done, you need to fill out a ‘no licence needed’ declaration form.