TV Licensing has written to rebut the comments of a Bristol Evening Post letter writer, who claimed the BBC's licence fee enforcement tactics were tantamount to bullying, initimidation and harassment.
From everything we know about TV Licensing that's a pretty good description, but PR gobshite Warren Clark thinks their tactics are justified.
"In response to the recent article regarding TV Licensing ("Claims TV authority 'harasses' people", December 8), we would like to address assertions made about our policy and procedures. By law, a licence is needed to watch or record TV programmes. We have a duty to collect the fee fairly and uniformly on behalf of the vast majority who pay. We only send strongly worded letters, reminding people of the consequences of evasion, when we have received no response from an address.
"We understand those who don't require a licence would prefer minimal contact so we make it as easy as possible to notify us to minimise any further correspondence. We only get back in touch after two years to check that circumstances have not changed. For more information about when a licence is needed, how you can buy or register that you don't need one, visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/info or call 0300 790 6071."
What Clark, employed by TV Licensing PR harlots Quadrant Media & Communications Ltd, fails to mention is that legitimate non-TV viewers are under no legal obligation whatsoever to inform TV Licensing of their legitimate licence-free status. If they don't watch TV then they have absolutely no business at all with TV Licensing and should be able to live without TV Licensing harassment whether they reply or not.
Why then should Clark offer the justification that TV Licensing only continue to hound those that have not replied, when the law says they are under no obligation to do so?