You Don't Need a TV Licence to Watch Prince Harry Get Married

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you want to watch live TV in this country, or use iPlayer for whatever reason, you need to have a TV licence. There's no way around that fact, even though there's absolutely nothing the TV licencing people can do to catch you out unless you let them. But good news for us! Because the Beeb is waving the need for a licence for one day only.

May 19th is the day the royal family will descend upon Windsor to watch Prince Harry, who is ginger, marry Meghan Markle, who is not. Because this is apparently a big deal, though not big enough to give us plebs an extra day off work to pretend to celebrate, the BBC's latest publicity stunt is announcing anyone without a TV Licence can watch the celebrations safe in the knowledge that they won't be slapped with a £1,000 fine and a bill for legal costs.

The BBC noted that this decision was made following a number of councils waiving the fees associated with hosting street parties. So it thought it would be nice and grant people the ability to freely watch TV for an afternoon, as long as they're watching the right programme. Head of revenue management Pipa Doubtfire said:

"In exceptional circumstances, the BBC can grant a dispensation for the temporary viewing of television, so long as the viewing is for the sole purpose of screening an event which is judged by the BBC to be of national importance.

The BBC considers that the royal wedding is such an event."

I, meanwhile, will likely be doing exactly the same thing I did the last time there was a royal wedding. Sleeping through the whole thing. [Standard]

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