TV Licence cost set to rise
February 3, 2020
The BBC points out that the new licence fee amount equates to £3.02 a week or £13.13 a month, for which the broadcaster provides nine national TV channels plus regional programming; 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations plus dedicated Nations radio services; the radio app BBC Sounds; and BBC iPlayer.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) laid a Statutory Instrument to Parliament, introducing the licence fee increase.
Anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, or watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer, needs to be covered by a licence. This applies whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.
The increase has been calculated by government using the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation, measured as the average rate of CPI over the last 12 months to September 2019, which works out at 2.00 per cent.