BBC boss Tony Hall attacks government in row over free TV licences

BBC boss Tony Hall attacks government in row over free TV licences for OAPs saying 'we are carrying out what they said we should to the T' From June 2020 free licenses will be restricted to over-75s on pension credit  Director General Tony Hall today hit out at the government, defending the BBC  He stressed that it is the Government which is 'withdrawing the concession'

By Henry Martin For Mailonline

Published: 17:36 BST, 17 July 2019 | Updated: 17:42 BST, 17 July 2019

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The BBC's director general has hit out at the government amid the row over free TV licenses, insisting the corporation is 'carrying out what the Government said we should do to the T'.

As of June next year, free TV licenses will be restricted to over-75s who claim pension credit, with the BBC saying it cannot afford to take on the financial burden from the government.

Giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee today, Tony Hall said the corporation has been 'completely consistent about the reforms we would need to make to live with the budget means we were set'. 

He stressed that from the beginning, it has been the Government which is 'withdrawing the concession'.

Giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee today, Tony Hall said the corporation has been 'completely consistent about the reforms we would need to make to live with the budget means we were set'

Giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee today, Tony Hall said the corporation has been 'completely consistent about the reforms we would need to

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