BBC licence fee to go up to £150 in April

BBC licence fee to go up to £150 in April

Monday, 26 February, 2018

The BBC has confirmed that the licence fee is to get more expensive from 1 April 2018.

Standard costs will rise from £147 to £150.50 a year.

Everyone who watches or records live TV, or TV as it is first broadcast, needs to pay the BBC’s TV licence.

It appears an oddly unpopular move to increase the basic costs of live TV while there is so much competition for viewers from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and even Youtube Red.

With these streaming video platforms there’s no upfront yearly cost, just a monthly fee.

On-edge BBC spokespeople pointed to the fact that it was the government, not Auntie Beeb itself, that sets the level of the licence fee.

Netflix pushed up prices in October 2017 for the first time since 2015.

A basic Netflix membership stays still at £5.99 while standard prices went up from £7.49 to £7.99 a month, and premium shot up from £8.99 to £9.99 a month.

Amazon Prime, which hosts the likes of Jeremy Clarkson’s Grand Tour, costs £7.99 a month or £79 a year, after any free trials are factored in.

Only the over 75’s, those people who are blind or partially-sighted, or anyone who lives in sheltered accomodation or care homes are exempt from paying the BBC licence fee.

Nine national TV channels, regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and the BBC’s news website are all funded by the licence fee.

MAIN IMAGE: Tim Loudon/CC BY-ND 2.0

Tom Rodgers author picture

By:

Tom is a tech journalist and former Editor at BroadbandDeals.co.uk.

News What's the story?

Keep up with the latest developments in UK broadband.

KCOM buyout means more fibre for Yorkshire

Hull's homegrown ISP sells for more than half a billion.

KCOM buyout means more fibre for Yorkshire Read more

Virgin gigabit trials begin in Southampton

Nationwide gigabit takes a big step forwards with Virgin's new network upgrade.

Read more

Tesco customers get triple value with NOW TV

Get the most out of your Clubcard points with streaming discounts.

Read more

CityFibre bring full-fibre to 70,000 homes

Only 4.9 million to go...

Read more

Help Learn with us

Make the most of the internet with our broadband library.

What are the risks of using public WiFi?

What are the risks of using public WiFi? Read more

How to optimise WiFi connections in old buildings

Read more

How to choose a broadband provider you’ll be happy with

Read more
Back To Top