THE BBC faces a 'difficult decision' on whether there should be a further delay to the introduction of new TV licensing rules for the over-75s, according to the corporation's outgoing director-general.

Lord Tony Hall said the broadcaster has yet to decide whether to postpone the changes beyond August.

The corporation was set to introduce means-testing this month, but the end of the universal benefit was pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lord Hall said there has been 'no change' in the BBC's position for months.

"The board decided to delay implementation of the over-75s until August 1 because we felt in the middle of a crisis it wasn't the right time, it wasn't sensitive to the people who will be paying to ask them to pay," he said.

"The board have said they will keep that under review, they are keeping it under review, and we will see what conclusion they take. It is a difficult decision and I'm sure we will come to a proper and sensitive conclusion."