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BBC TAX : Loophole allowing people to watch iPlayer online for free to be closed

Plans to make half a million BBC iPlayer ‘free riders’ pay the licence fee – but experts say it will be too difficult to enforce

The 500,000 ‘free riders’ who watch the BBC for free on iPlayer will be forced to pay the licence fee – but experts say it will be easy to get round it.

The Government is closing the loophole allowing people to avoid paying £145.50-a-year by watching TV on their computer, tablet or phone.

The corporation is also being encouraged to charge viewers extra if they want to watch repeats of hit shows like Bake Off, Strictly and Sherlock if they are more than 30 days old.

In a series of BBC reforms the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale paved the way for the introduction of a separate subscription for the streaming device.

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