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Age NI Backs TV Licensing E-Licence Campaign
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TV Licensing has joined forces with Age NI to encourage older customers to join the 7.6 million people who currently receive their licence by email.

The SwitchNI Campaign encourages customers to go paperless and sign-up for an e-licence.

With the number of people aged 65+ who have used the internet overtaking those who have never used it for the first time, more people than ever are joining the digital revolution.

Pictured at a recent Origami workshop at Age NI’s Day care centre in Ballynahinch are Tommy McDonald, TV Licensing NI; Rhonda Comiskey, Age NI Day Care Worker/Driver; May McMillan, Service User and Darran McQuoid, Age NI Day Care Centre Manager.

Customers who pay by Direct Debit or the full amount annually, can now choose to receive TV Licensing information by email, check their details at any time online, and remain fully covered without the need for a paper licence.

Figures reveal that almost 150,000 licence holders across Northern Ireland have already signed up for an e-licence – an increase of more than 22,000 in the past year.

Belfast currently leads the way with e-licences, but the increasing trend is also visible in the Bangor area where more than 7,000 people currently receive their licence by email. Other strong e-licence areas include Lisburn, Newry and Antrim.

To continue reducing the number of paper licences issued, TV Licensing is hoping more customers will turn their old licence into a swan and sign-up to keep their information safe and secure online.

TV Licensing is sending instructions to Licence Fee payers about the simple process to switch to an e-licence. The campaign creative shows payers they no longer need a paper licence, so can dispose of it, or even turn it into an origami swan.

Karen Grimason, spokesperson for TV Licence said: “Getting your licence by email instead of the traditional paper copy means we use less paper and have more money for programmes.  With the internet becoming even more part of the fabric of society people of all ages are now sharing in an increasing number of advantages.

“Thousands of people across Northern Ireland have already made the switch and we would urge other customers who pay by direct debit or counterfoil to take that step towards an e-licence.  Making the switch is easy and can be done quickly and safely online.  Just visit tvlicensing.co.uk/switchni and select “Update your licence. “

Given that Origami provides both mental and physical stimulus with exercise, TV Licensing recently held an origami workshop with Age NI to promote the many benefits of switching to an e-licence.

Matthew Blain, Digital Marketing Officer at Age NI said: “We are delighted to be supporting TV Licensing on their e-licence campaign. Digital skills are for everyone and the numerous benefits should be accessible to all.  We would encourage everyone to keep their documents safe and secure online and make the switch today.”

If you watch or record live TV, either through your TV or live online through a website, then you need to be covered by a TV Licence. You also need a licence to watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device.