The BBC has defended its decision to transfer the contract for TV Licensing services from the Post Office to PayPoint.
In a letter to Convenience Store, BBC TV Licensing head of revenue management Pipa Doubtfire said the BBC expected to save more than £100m during the six-year contract which began in May 2006.
Doubtfire said: "There are already more PayPoint outlets than Post Office branches across the country and this number is set to rise. Furthermore, the PayPoint outlets are open for an average of 100 hours per week; 98% are open on Sundays and 79% are open from 9am to 8pm."
She added: "The decision was taken to deliver the best value possible and provide a service that would enable licence payers to pay for their licence in a convenient and accessible way."