Pensioner's reacted angrily to a new plan by the BBC to increase the TV licence fee to $360 per TV per year. A pensioner's group argued the elderly would pay more for services they will not be using like mobile phone downloads and online archives.
"Many under-75s not eligible for free licences are already struggling to make ends meet in the face of increased household costs and rising utility bills which far outstrip the meagre rise in the basic state pension," said Anna Pearson.
The BBC last increased their fees in 2000, at that time there were only 2 channels, and have since created 4 new channels. The licence fee is currently $250 per TV but is expected to reach $360 by 2013 if it continued to increase as per inflation.