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Churches allowed to stream Queen's funeral without TV licence

by Kelly Valencia

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced churches and other venues wishing to stream The Queen's funeral on Monday can do so even if they do not have a TV license. 

According to a statement posted on the BBC website, all coverage of the funeral and other live ceremonial events during the national period of mourning - from 10th September 2022 to 21st September 2022 (both days included) - can be screened without a TV license. 

The BBC made the decision as it recognised "the constitutional nature of these events." 

"This dispensation also allows communities organising events in premises such as town halls, community centres and streets across Britain, where TV is not usually watched, to screen the ceremonial events live. This also applies to shops, for example," the statement continued. 

Churches across the UK are already planning to open their doors to the public during the funeral on Monday 19th September. Town Church in Jersey has already announced it on its Facebook page. 

"We aim to start streaming the coverage from around 10am. Tea and coffee will be available and you are welcome to stay for as short or long time as you wish," the post read. 

Fettercairn church, in Aberdeenshire, has been screening all remembrance services so far. It will also live stream the funeral as Aberdeenshire's local council has said there are no plans to organise public viewings of the service on Monday 19th September 2022.

Those who have already purchased a TV license to stream ceremonial events around The Queen's events of remembrance can claim following the cancellation and refund procedure.

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