Do we get our 87p back? The BBC will suspend the £159-a-year licence fee for two days so people can watch Charles be crowned king and the Coronation concert in May
- Venues can screen both the Coronation and the Coronation concert the next day
- The licence fee was last scrapped for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022
Venues will be allowed to screen both the Coronation itself on May 6 and the Coronation concert on May 7 without purchasing a TV licence, which costs £159 annually.
The public should be able to watch for free and bring their own food and drink.
Coverage will be screened in community spaces, such as churches and town halls, as well as outdoor venues and commercial premises such as concert halls and cinemas.
The BBC said such dispensations are granted in ‘exceptional circumstances’ for events of ‘national importance’ that are to be screened in a community setting.
The BBC will suspend the licence fee during the coronation so the ceremony can be screened in village halls across the country
The licence fee was last scrapped for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.
King Charles III’s coronation will see him anointed and crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury in front of more than 2,000 guests.
The Queen Consort will also be anointed and crowned in a simpler ceremony during the King’s coronation service.