Age UK said television was the "main form of company" for more than a million of the country's oldest people, and called for the Government to continue picking up the bill.
Free TV licence will no longer be available for all British residents over the age of 75. "I do understand that the BBC are between a rock and a hard place".
Strictly Come Dancing's former head judge said he was not blaming the BBC and that the Government should never have handed over responsibility to the broadcaster.
The BBC have today announced that due to funding changes by the government, they are scrapping the free TV licences for over 75's in favour of a scheme that is based around means testing and ties it to pension credit, whereby if one person in the household qualifies for pension credit, they will receive a free TV license. "Those were the words of the director-general of the BBC after the deal in 2015".
However, Baroness Altman said the decision was "both understandable and wrong".
The broadcaster said the futures of networks including BBC2 and BBC4, as well as radio stations, would have been at risk had the licences continued to be provided for nothing.
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"I know that some of my constituents will be concerned about how they will be able to afford their TV licence going forward".
"It's those who are struggling to get by and can't even afford the basics that I'm anxious about".
More than 230,000 people have signed a petition launched by Age UK calling for free television for the elderly to be protected, while tens of thousands more have added their names to petitions on the Labour and Parliament websites.
Tory PM hopeful Esther McVey spoke out against the criminalisation of non-payment, tweeting: "The BBC has abandoned its promise to give free TV licences to over 75s".
In a joint statement released on Monday, the BBC's chairman, Sir David Clementi, and Director General Tony Hall said continuing the Government's scheme would have had a "severe impact" on services and that the new model "represents the fairest possible outcome".
Christopher Biggins has spoken of his anger at the BBC's decision not to continue with free TV licences for all over-75s.
Households without anyone who receives Pension Credit will have to pay for a TV license under the new policy.
Ms Grahame says that at present some 40% of pensioners entitled to Pension Credit do not claim it, adding to the £10 billion each year which goes unclaimed in benefits of which 3.5 billion is unclaimed Pension Credit to which people are entitled.