Dan Walker, 42, couldn’t resist making a jibe at Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, 54, when he got involved in a debate with a Twitter user over TV licences yesterday. The cost of TV licences are set to rise by £3 in April, which has prompted some to argue that they should be scrapped.
However, the BBC Breakfast host took the opportunity to praise the BBC amid criticism over its licence fees.
He wrote in view of his 616,000 followers: “I know the BBC doesn’t get everything right and needs to change but… it is also an amazing institution which many people love & support.
“Here are #FiveThingsILoveAboutTheBBC Radio 5 Live, Match Of The Day, Blue Planet, Line Of Duty, Crackerjack.”
In spite of Dan’s positive statement about why the BBC should be supported, one social media user suggested they are reluctant to pay the licence fee because they prefer to tune in to watch Piers on GMB.
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They replied: “I don’t watch the BBC! Why should I pay for a tv license?”(sic)
Dan then pointed out the spelling mistake in the tweet, writing back: “You could access the educational services to find out the difference between licence & license.”
The Twitter user then sarcastically responded: “You’re worth every penny Dan. Think I’ll stick with @piersmorgan.”
Taking an apparent swipe at Piers and GMB’s use of advertising, Dan said: “Thanks Steve. Enjoy paying for Piers through advertising.”
A second fan replied: “I’m a fan Dan but I think most people would rather sit through occasional adverts and have an extra £150 a year or whatever it is. We watch adverts on every other channel!”
Dan’s argument with the Twitter user comes after fellow BBC presenter Gary Lineker called for the licence fee to be voluntary.
The Match of the Day host, who is one of the BBC’s highest paid stars, earning around £1.75 million last year, spoke out about TV licences in a recent interview.
He told The Guardian: “I would make the license fee voluntary. I’ve always said for a long time, I would make it voluntary.