PEOPLE POWER: SWITCH OFF THE BBC on Friday campaign against OAP licence fee ...

On Monday the BBC announced plans to abolish free TV licences for over 75s, taking effect next June. From this date, only households with someone in receipt of Pension Credit will be able to claim a free TV license, meaning around 3.7million over-75s will be stung by the annual £154.50 fee. The BBC is facing a huge backlash for axing the free TV licences, with social media users launching a campaign to boycott all BBC channels on Friday 14th and 21st of June, in protest of the changes.

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Facebook users have called for a boycott of the BBC on Friday 21st June in protest of the decision to scrap free TV licences for pensioners.

The post, which had been shared more than 144,000 times by 9am today, said: “PLEASE DO NOT WATCH ANY BBC CHANNEL ON FRIDAY 21st JUNE in protest that the Government has withdrawn the funding for people 75 and over to have a free TV licence.

“All this to claw back £700,000 from our pensioners.”

But Twitter users have gone further, urging people to start the boycott this Friday, under the hashtags #boycottthebbc and #boycottbbc.

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