BBC bosses were last night accused of trying to cash in on the Coronation by threatening to slap big fees on rival news publishers wanting to use the TV footage.
The broadcast pool — which includes the Beeb, ITV and Sky — will control the coverage from next Saturday’s historic crowning of King Charles in Westminster Abbey.
They agreed not to charge for footage from the Queen’s funeral.
But they are demanding six-figure payments from UK news publishers who want to stream the Coronation on their websites.
However, foreign media outlets will be allowed to use the footage for free.
Tory MP Henry Smith blasted: “Just like the Queen’s funeral, King Charles III’s coronation is a significant moment in British history and should be witnessed by as many people as possible.
“The BBC should not be charging extortionate amounts for the use of its footage.
A joint spokesman for the BBC, ITN and Sky said: “UK broadcasters are investing heavily in coverage and have asked for a fair and reasonable financial contribution.”