Dozens of furious TV viewers REFUSE to pay their licences

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Furious viewers have cancelled their BBC licence payments in outrage at the Corporation's decision to revoke free TV licences for 3.7million pensioners.

The BBC's decision sparked a full-scale rebellion yesterday, as furious viewers vowed to end their payments to the corporation or even go to prison in protest at the £154.50 annual charge.

Presenter Ben Fogle offered to donate his BBC salary to a charity for the elderly to help pay their licences and a World War II veteran slammed the Corporation's decision.

Today greater and greater numbers of people took to Twitter to share their outrage and declare they had cancelled, or would cancel, their payments.

More people have taken to Twitter today to insist the BBC does not deserve their money. Since 2000 the government has provided free TV licences for the over-75s but last year made the Corporation responsible for shouldering the cost, which would be £750m after 2020

More people have taken to Twitter today to insist the BBC does not deserve their money. Since 2000 the government has provided free TV licences for the over-75s but last year made the Corporation responsible for shouldering the cost, which would be £750m after 2020

TV licences for the elderly did not used to be free, but in 2000 then-chancellor Gordon Brown said the government would foot the bill.

The BBC was not responsible for the 'cost' - which would be £745m a year, a fifth of the BBC's operating budget, by 2020, the BBC said. 

Obviously it does not 'cost' the BBC anything to 'provide' TV licences - the income foregone simply reduces the corporation's turnover.

But in 2015 with government finances tight, the government said it would not continue to foot the bill beyond 2020 and gave the BBC the immediate responsibility for providing free licences, and the right to change the scheme in the future.

Viewers took to Twitter to claim they have cancelled their licence in protest, with one saying: 'Just cancelled my DD for TV licence! If everyone in the UK done the same what could they do?!'

Another tweeted: 'Just cancelled my BBC TV licence and disconnected my aerial in response to the BBC's poor decision to cancel TV licence fee waiver for the over 75s!'

And a third said: 'We must stop watching the BBC. I just cancelled my TV licence because I am annoyed they want to start charging over 75s to pay TV licences.'

The news comes after Second World War prisoner Victor Gregg blasted the BBC for axing free licences for 3.7million people over 75.

Mr Gregg, 99, accused the broadcaster of 'robbing the piggy banks' of the generation who saved the world from Hitler, as a petition urging the government to take back responsibility for free licences hit more than 400,000 signatures. 

'It's only two days ago that they were patting all these old people on the head and calling them heroes,' he told Good Morning Britain. 

'It's disgraceful - they want money, they're overspending. Who do they attack? Those who can't answer back.

Broadcaster Ben Fogle will donate his entire salary from this year's BBC Animal Park (pictured) to pay for pensioners' TV licences

The former Countryfile star revealed his plans on Instagram earlier today, saying it is the 'least I can do' for an 'often neglected sector of society'

The former Countryfile star revealed his plans on Instagram earlier today, saying it is the 'least I can do' for an 'often neglected sector of society' 

What does the BBC spend its money on?

The BBC Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18 shows what the corporation spends its money on. The following is spent on TV:

BBC One- £1.2bn

BBC Two- £481.2 million

BBC Four- £52.3 million

CBBC- £96.1 million

CBeebies - £43.4 million

BBC ALBA- £10.7 million

BBC News Channel - £68.2 million

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BBC Parliament - £10.1 million 

The BBC pays a combined £655.6 million for radio, that includes Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4 and services in Scotland and Wales.

The cost for the BBC Online website and the red button service is

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