A betrayal if D-Day heroes have to pay TV licence fee – Yorkshire Post letters

From: Michael Ellison, Knapping Hill, Harrogate.

EARLIER this month I was pleased with the BBC coverage of the D-Day 75th anniversary ceremonies on both June 5 and 6.

During these programmes, surviving veterans were interviewed about their recollections of the events that took place in June 1944.

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Now that the BBC has decided to scrap the entitlement of all persons over 75 years of age to a free TV licence, these same veterans will now be expected to resume paying a licence to legally watch their televisions. As an acknowledgement of the actions by those that have survived the horrors of D-Day, I would suggest that the BBC review their decision and raise the age limit to 90, i.e. fix free licences for anybody born on or before June 6, 1929.

A man watches a Red Arrows display during the commemorations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Southsea Common in Portsmouth.

For everybody born on June 7, 1929, or later, they would be subject to the proposed ‘means-tested’ procedure when applying for a free licence for over those aged over 75.

This suggestion is not in any self-interest as I am 68 years young.