PIERS Morgan believes the BBC should fire bosses and use their salaries to pay for free TV licences for over-75s.
The perk is due to be axed from next June and Good Morning Britain host Piers said: “There are over 100 BBC executives who earn £150,000 or more, start with some of them.
“They are a very bloated organisation with way too staff. To take away the free licence is outrageous — a disgrace. They can blame the government all they like but the BBC agreed to the deal.”
Piers, 54, added: “The idea that they may start imprisoning D-Day veterans for not paying a TV licence and that ironically they go to prison and get to watch TV for free. What has happened to this country?”
Piers and Harry Redknapp will manage the World XI in this Sunday’s Soccer Aid, with GMB’s Susanna Reid bossing the England XI with Sam Allardyce.
Speaking at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge, Susanna said of the row: “It’s a hospital pass for the BBC — because it’s government policy.
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“Originally (the free licences) came in under Labour’s Gordon Brown, then the 2017 Tory manifesto pledged to continue it.
“The BBC needs to sit down with the government and sort it out because it’s £740million.”
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How to watch TV legally without paying for a licence
IN the UK, any household watching or recording live television must hold a TV licence.
In recent years, this has been extended to include BBC programmes on iPlayer, whether they are live, catch up or on demand. But does everyone really need a licence? Here’s the lowdown on how to avoid paying – legally.
On demand TV – like catch-up TV and on demand previews – which are available through services like ITV Player , All4 , My5 , BT Vision/BT TV , Virgin Media , Sky Go , Now TV, Apple TV, Chromecast , Roku and Amazon Fire TV
On demand movies – from services like Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video
Recorded films and programmes – either via DVD or Blu-ray, or downloaded from the internet
YouTube – On demand video clips through services like YouTube
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