Sir Michael Palin blames ‘bad deal’ between BBC and Government for licence cuts

Sir Michael Palin has criticised an austerity-era “bad deal” between the Government and the BBC for the cuts to free licences for all over-75s.

The 76-year-old on Wednesday voiced his displeasure that cuts to the BBC’s finances have been burdened onto viewers.

There has been a fierce backlash over the broadcaster’s move, with an online petition soaring past 330,000 and criticism from politicians across the spectrum.

Sir Michael told the Press Association: “I know that the BBC did a pretty bad deal, I think four years ago…
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