BBC extends deadline for over-75s to set up TV licence after lack of response

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Broadcaster says more than 650,000 households did not respond to letters setting out changes

The BBC has extended its deadline for over-75s to set up a new paid-for television licence after more than 650,000 households did not respond to its letters setting out the change.

In an update on the controversial new arrangements, the BBC said that more than 2.7m households with a resident who was over 75 had purchased licences, with another 750,000 applying for free licences available to the most vulnerable.

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