Susanna Reid left heartbroken as devastated viewer reveals how scrapping the free TV licence will affect her
Susanna Reid was almost left in tears during today's Good Morning Britain, after a viewer called in to decry the BBC's recent scrapping of free TV licences.
Yesterday, the BBC announced that it would be getting rid of free TV licences for over-75s, meaning many will now have to pay the £154.50 required to watch.
Come June 2020, a means test will come into effect to judge who can and cannot pay the TV licence.
The decision has been a controversial one, and has been met with plenty of anger – with many questioning what pensioners who are barely able to afford the fee will do.
And on GMB, Susanna, and her co-star Piers Morgan, were left visibly upset after listening to the concerns of one distressed woman.
Josephine Iron, whose husband is in a care home with dementia, called in to share her thoughts, revealing that she thinks the BBC and bosses at the corporation need to get in the real world.
Looking into the monitor, Susanna said, “Josephine, its an outrage that someone like you, with everything that youve already faced and all your responsibilities, that youre reduced to tears this morning because of this decision. Its shocking, my heart absolutely breaks for you.”
Piers then went on to ask Josephine what she would say to the heads of the BBC, when she emotionally confessed, “Get into the real world and listen to the people like us.
“Youre old-fashioned, you need to get into the real world and stop penalising the elderly people, because thats what youre doing. We shouldnt be paying for that now.”
As the camera panned back to Susanna, the 48-year-old looked visibly moved, before saying, “Good luck Josephine, we send you all our love and support.”
Since the decision was made, Age UK have revealed the difficult impact a means-Read More – Source