BBC bosses fear that the coalition government is gearing up for a £500m-plus raid on the licence fee, by forcing the broadcaster to meet the full cost of free television licences for the over 75s.
The benefit – which was introduced by Gordon Brown when he was chancellor – costs £556m, and is currently paid for out of general taxation. But ministers are considering passing the bill on to the BBC as part of this week\’s comprehensive spending review.
I\’m shocked that they don\’t already carry this cost.
So that\’s an easy one: stick the BBC with the bill, pronto.