THE TV licence fee goes up from £157.50 to £159 from April 1 – we explain how to avoid it. 

It’s the fifth year in a row that the licence fee has gone up, increasing households bills.

Telly watchers legally have to pay the annual fee whether they’re watching live TV or on BBC iPlayer on any device.

It means bill payers will have to fork out £3.05 a week, up from £3.03 a week this year. 

The cost of an annual black and white licence will rise from £53.00 to £53.50.

The fee is set by the government and has risen in line with inflation every year since 2017.

Viewers will be paying an extra £13.50 a year compared to 2016, when the annual charge was set at £145.50. 

Anyone buying or renewing a licence after April 1 2021 will be affected by the new charges.

By editor2