Success in MP's campaign for license fee exemption for Royal Wedding

Bury North MP James Frith received good news following his call to the BBC to suspend the license fee for the day of the Royal Wedding to allow communal watching of the celebration.

The issue arose when James visited a sheltered accommodation scheme in Bury and residents said that they wanted to be able to watch the wedding together in their community room, but cannot afford the £150.50 cost of the separate TV license which is needed to allow communal viewing.

James wrote to BBC Director-General Tony Hall asking him to consider an exemption for the day of the wedding to allow residents in Fusilier Court in Bury and others in similar situations to watch together without having to fork out £150.

James said:

“This is such a special event that no-one should miss out on the chance to join the national celebration. There will no doubt be thousands of people across the country, not just in care settings, who wish to get together in their communities with friends, family and neighbours to watch. They shouldn’t have to spend £150 on a TV license for the privilege.”

The BBC confirmed that the licence fee will be waived for communal viewing of the Royal Wedding.

See news coverage and interviews with residents at Fusilier Court here

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