British people will soon pay more for their TV licence after the government announced an increase of £3.50.

The annual fee for BBC programming will increase for the first time since 2010 in 2017 after the government said it would rise in line with inflation for five years.

It will increase to £150.50 from April 1.

The announcement comes as the corporation faces scrutiny over gender pay inequality.

Director-general Lord Tony Hall recently faced questions from MPs about pay imbalance following evidence from Carrie Gracie, who resigned as the BBC's China editor over unequal pay.

Jeremy Vine and John Humphrys are among the top talent who have said they are willing to take a pay cut to contribute to closing the gender pay gap at the corporation.

Anyone watching or recording TV programmes as they are shown on TV, or watching or downloading BBC programmes on iPlayer, must have a licence.

The charge applies whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.