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Esther Rantzen, 78, hits out at BBC for starting a ‘generation war’

Esther Rantzen, 78, hits out at BBC for starting a ‘generation war’ over plans to axe free TV licences for over-75s

  • The 78-year-old star criticised plans to stop free TV licences for the over-75s
  • BBC boss Tony Hall claimed pensioners were better off than younger people
  • Dame Esther claimed this approach would set generations against each other 

Dame Esther Rantzen, pictured, claims plans to axe free BBC TV licences for the over-75s will set the generations against each other

Dame Esther Rantzen has attacked the BBC for ‘setting generations against each other’ as it considers axing free TV licences for over-75 year olds.

The star, 78, hit out after BBC director general Tony Hall said that, while living circumstances for older people are ‘improving significantly’, young people ‘have been some of the hardest hit in the wake of the financial crisis’.

‘That raises important issues of fairness between the generations,’ he said. ‘There is also the question of fairness for everyone, regardless of age.’

But Dame Esther, pictured, said: ‘To imply that older people are snatching this benefit from the young is to set generations against each other in a way that is bad for all of us.’

The scheme is currently Government funded but in 2020 the BBC will take on the full £745million cost.



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