The BBC will suspend licence fees for the King’s coronation weekend, it has been announced.
The one-off dispensation will allow venues to screen the live coronation ceremony of King Charles III on May 6 and the coronation concert on May 7 without the need for a TV licence.
Current licence fees are £159 per year for a colour TV and £53.50 for a black and white TV.
The BBC said it is in “exceptional circumstances” that a dispensation is granted, with the event needing to be of “national importance”, in a community setting and normally used on a property that is already covered by a TV Licence.
It allows events to be organised for communities in venues without needing to purchase a licence.
Examples cited by TV licencing include community venues such as churches and town halls as well as commercial premises acting such as concert halls, performing arts venues and cinemas. It also applies to any outdoor venues which have the facilities to screen.
A dispensation was previously allowed for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.