The bad news for the rest of us aged under 75 is that the cost of a TV licence will now be index-linked. If inflation soars so will the cost of the licence and as we know with inflation what goes up never comes down.
Governments may brag when inflation is low but that is just the latest figure and takes no account of past increases.
Hall "rejected comments by former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw that the deal effectively made the BBC "a branch of the department of work and pensions"" but we agree.
Certainly the BBC has been running scared of threatened or promised cuts from the Tories. This explained after the event, the BBC's one-sided approach to the General Election in May 2015.
As we reported in late June Nick Robinson claims BBC ran scared of David Cameron.
Having made veiled and vague threats but as 'jokes' against the BBC it is now facing funding cuts from Mr Cameron's government.
This latest BBC deal was apparently struck behind closed doors and has compromised any remnants of independence from government that it had left.
The deal was only announced in parliament Monday following a newspaper leak and in response to an urgent question tabled by Labour's Chris Bryant.
Presumably Osborne was going to sneak that one in during his emergency budget, as we keep saying the one needed to sort out the mess he has inherited from himself following five years in office.
Is BBC funding over 75s TV licences practicable or even workable? If cuts bite and that measure has to be slashed it will be the BEEB who get the blame not the government. One thing about the current Tory regime is they are sly as hell.