The government has said the BBC must "do more to support older people" after the announcement that most over-75s will no longer get free TV licences.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said he was "very disappointed" that the corporation had reached the decision.
But Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said the government had "breathtaking gall to blame the BBC for this mess".
The BBC said restricting free licences to over-75s who claim Pension Credit was "the fairest and best outcome".
Around 3.7 million pensioners are expected to lose out on the entitlement when the change comes into force in June 2020.
I think the BBC have finally realised that younger and middle aged people are turning away from buying the over-priced and poor value for money TV licence and choosing instead free or lower cost streaming services.
What to do?
I know, let's squeeze some more money out of the oldies, after all they're game for it and they've been paying us for years!
What next, scrap the bus pass? Scrap the state pension?