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TV licensing and Broadcasting

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  • Do I need a TV licence?

    • You need a TV Licence if you watch or record live TV on any device.
    • From 1st September 2016, you will also need a TV Licence to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer.
    • A standard colour TV Licence costs £145.50.
    • More information is available on the TV Licensing website: http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one
  • Free TV licences

    • If you are claiming Supplementary Benefit and are also over 65 years old, you are entitled to a free TV licence.
    • If you were 75 years old before 1 September 2016, you are also entitled to a free TV licence.
    • To find out how to apply for a free TV licence, please contact us.
  • Broadcasting

    • The Committee for Economic Development has political responsibility for broadcasting matters.
    • The Communications Act 2003 gave Ofcom responsibility for monitoring the quality and content of broadcasting on television and radio.
  • Complaints

    • If you have a complaint about the content of a TV or radio programme, please contact the communications regulator, Ofcom. More information on how to make a complaint is available here.

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