BBC licence fee ditched for King’s Coronation weekend

The BBC has announced a one-off dispensation of its fee during the Coronation weekend, taking place between May 6 and May 8. To mark the Coronation of King Charles, the publicly-funded broadcaster will temporarily suspend the licence fee, in a huge boost to events being organised up and down the country to celebrate the historic event. 

The dispensation will make it possible for venues such as churches, town halls and cinemas to screen the live Coronation ceremony coverage on May 6 and the Coronation concert on May 7 without needing to purchase a TV licence. 

It also applies to any outdoor venues which have the facilities to screen.

A dispensation, the BBC noted, is granted in “exceptional circumstances”, with the event needing to be of “national importance”, in a community setting and normally used on a property that is already covered by a TV Licence. 

The BBC previously granted a similar dispensation in June last year, during the bank holiday weekend of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. 

It currently costs £159 a year for a colour TV licence and £53.50 a year for a black and white TV licence.

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