After the elderly were ‘harassed’ over the license price, the BBC was chastised for assisting workers with anxieties.
After elderly individuals were “harassed” with house visits for not paying the licence fee, the BBC has provoked outrage for assisting staff members who are suffering from anxiety.
While the epidemic continues to spread, the BBC is planning to offer white lanyards to employees who are worried about returning to work. The idea is that the lanyards will signal to coworkers that they need more personal space around them after more than a year of working from home. The BBC’s managing director, Bob Shennan, addressed an email to employees on Friday, saying the organization “knows that some of you are worried about returning to the office” in September.
The Defund the BBC campaign, on the other hand, chastised the BBC for not treating older consumers with the “same courtesy” in order to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed by having to pay the licence fee.
Up until August of last year, over-75s were eligible for a free television license, but due to budget constraints, they were compelled to pay the annual fee.
“The BBC will issue white lanyards to colleagues who are apprehensive about returning to work so that they may signal that they desire more personal space,” the advocacy group posted on Twitter.
“If only they would extend the same civility to us and stop bothering the elderly on their doorsteps,” she says.
Following public outrage over claims that elderly were being visited at their homes for not paying the charge, BBC director-general Tim Davie confirmed no visits are taking place “at this time.”
“We are not sending any enforcement letters to senior persons who previously had a free license,” Mr Davie added.
“At this moment, there are no visits scheduled in respect to over-75 licenses.
“When the Labour government established free TV licenses in 2000, we were told that no one above the age of 75 had been prosecuted between 1992 and 1999, according to the Ministry of Justice.
“We’ve been quite clear that we’re allowing individuals time to transition, and that time has been prolonged due to Covid.
“We’re sticking to our guns with that policy. We’ve now completed the changeover of 3.6 million households. The vast majority of households paid all at once, while more than 770,000 people applied for free television licenses. We’ve received over a million calls.”
Mr. Davie has previously stated that he will not be bringing in additional employees. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”