The BBC has announced that normal TV licence requirements will be waived on 5th June as the nation celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
It will be the second "one-off special dispensation" the BBC has offered this year, with the fee previously being waived on the wedding day of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The dispensation allows communities organising special events and parties in premises such as town halls, community centres and streets across Britain, where TV is not usually watched, to screen the event live without needing to purchase a new licence.
But before keeling over in disbelief at the BBC's second bout of generosity readers should note that the following terms and conditions apply:
- Television equipment must only be used to watch the Diamond Jubilee celebrations on 5th June.
- The screening must take place as a community event.
- The equipment must normally be used in a property covered by a TV licence.
I'm sure people across the land will be heartened they can enjoy this historical landmark without the threat of TV Licensing salesmen trying to fleece them of money or scare them with imaginary detection equipment.
God Save the Queen and down with the BBC!