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The first BBC television transmissions, September 1929. Science Museum

How public TV broadcasting was born

The first public television broadcast took place on September 30, 1929. The world would never be the same again.
in 2016, George Osborne told the BBC it would have to cover the cost of free licences for over 75s introduced by Gordon Brown in 2001. Shutterstock

Who should pay for TV licences for the over 75s?

When the government shunted its responsibility on to the BBC, it turned the national broadcaster into a welfare agency – now it can't afford it.

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