The licences are due to be axed next year with the Good Morning Britain host saying, ”there are over 100 BBC executives who earn £150,000 or more, start with some of them.” Mr Morgan then described the public service broadcaster as being a “bloated organisation” with too many staff, according to The Sun. He said: “To take away the free licence is outrageous — a disgrace. They can blame the government all they like but the BBC agreed to the deal.”
Piers, 54, added: “The idea that they may start imprisoning D-Day veterans for not paying a TV licence and that ironically they go to prison and get to watch TV for free. What has happened to this country?”
Mr Morgan and Harry Redknapp will manage the World XI in this Sunday’s Soccer Aid, with GMB’s Susanna Reid managing the England XI with Sam Allardyce.
Ms Reid commented on the row: “It’s a hospital pass for the BBC — because it’s government policy.
“Originally (the free licences) came in under Labour’s Gordon Brown, then the 2017 Tory manifesto pledged to continue it.
“The BBC needs to sit down with the government and sort it out because it’s £740M.”
It comes as Mr Morgan accused the BBC of “total cowardice” during a debate on the axing of free TV licences for over-75s.
He said: “Seriously, your job is not to hide in your bunker when you unleash these bombs.
“When you say to 3.7million pensioners ‘you’re now going to pay for your licence fee’. Your job is to come and defend them.”
A pensioner, Maureen Sales, also appeared on GMB to discuss the BBC controversy.
Ms Sales clarified she will receive pension credit to cover the cost of her licence fees.
She told Mr Morgan: “I lost my husband in an accident 22 years ago on our wedding anniversary, couldn’t have been a worse day at all, if at all.
“What’s happened to his pension? That’s what I’m asking. All his life he’d worked.”