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BBC fury as new boss appointed on six-figure salary on day free over-75s TV licence axed

She added: “Critically, it isn’t the BBC making judgments about poverty – the Government sets and controls pension credit.

“The decision to start the new scheme in August has not been easy but delaying the introduction has cost the BBC over £70 million and we cannot afford to delay any further.”

The corporation warned that the Government scheme would have cost £745million a year and would have forced the closures of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5 Live, and a number of local radio stations.

When asked about Mr Carson’s appointment, the spokeswoman said: “This is not a new role.

“Steve Carson is replacing the current Director of BBC Scotland who is retiring at the end of the year, so there is no additional cost to the organisation with this appointment.”

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