BBC confirms viewers will pay more for their TV licence as the cost rises to ...

The BBC has confirmed that viewers will have to pay £4 more for their TV licence from April 1, when the price will increase to £154.50.    

When broken down the new fee amount equates to £2.97 a week or £12.87 a month.

The Government is responsible for setting the level of the fee and announced in 2016 it would rise in line with inflation for five years from 1 April 2017. 

For the price of the licence the BBC provides nine national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, and 40 local radio stations.

The BBC has confirmed that viewers will have to pay £4 more for their TV licence from April 1

The BBC has confirmed that viewers will have to pay £4 more for their TV licence from April 1

There's also a dedicated Nations radio services, the radio app BBC Sounds, and BBC iPlayer. 

Programmes shown on the network last year included Strictly Come Dancing, Killing Eve, Bodyguard, Dr Who, Peter Kay's Car Share, and David Attenborough's Dynasties.

The BBC is also home to EastEnders, Match of the Day, and coverage of Wimbledon and the World Cup.

Licence fee payers will receive a reminder or a payment plan reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal. 

Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April 2019 will pay the new fee. 

Those already buying a licence on an instalment scheme which started before 1 April 2019, such as monthly direct debit or weekly cash payments, will continue to make payments totalling £150.50 until their licence comes up for renewal.

TV Licensing will be advising licence fee payers due to renew in March to pay on time so they will pay the current rate of £150.50. 

For the licence price the BBC provides multiple TV channels and radio stations (file picture)

For the licence price the BBC provides multiple TV channels and radio stations (file picture)

Those buying a new licence before 1 April 2019 will also pay the current rate.

There are many ways to pay for a television licence, including small weekly cash payments and monthly direct debit. 

Anyone watching or recording programmes on live TV, or watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer, must have a licence. 

The charge applies whether the show

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