Woe for BBC as another 270,000 viewers ditched TV licence fee last year
- Customers declaring they needn’t pay rose from 1.69 million to 1.96m last year
- Comes as annual report revealed number of licences ‘in force’ dropped 300,000
- BBC has seen viewers being tempted away by the likes of Netflix and Disney+
The number of households saying they no longer need a TV licence shot up by 270,000 last year, figures show, as the BBC faces competition from US streaming giants.
Domestic customers who declared they did not need to pay the charge, which is needed to watch or record live TV, went from 1.69 million to 1.96 million last year.
It comes after this week’s BBC annual report revealed that the number of licences ‘in force’ had dropped by 300,000 from 25.2 million to 24.9million.
The BBC has seen large numbers of viewers being tempted away by the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ which do not require a TV licence.
Figures released this week also showed the TV licence evasion rate has increased to 8.9 per cent from a range of 6.5 to 7.5 per cent.
A BBC spokesman said: ‘The overwhelming majority of households are licensed, sales increased this year and 90 per cent of people use the BBC each week.’
The number of households saying they no longer need a TV licence shot up by 270,000 last year
The Television Licence Fee Trust statement released this week said: ‘The number of domestic customers declaring that they did not require a licence reached 1.96 million in 2021-22.
‘Despite higher sales, the number of domestic customers who declared that they no longer needed a licence increased by the end of 2021-22 by 270,000, from 1.69 million in 2020-21.’
It added the number of total households requiring a licence fell to 92.2 per cent last year. This compared with a figure of 93.8 per cent two years ago in 2019-20.