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Thursday, 14 August 2014

TV Licensing Bullies Face Barrage of Public Criticism

News that TV Licensing sends almost 100,000 threatograms to unlicensed properties every working day, comes as little surprise to the TV Licensing Blog.

It is a topic we first investigated at the start of 2012, so the newspapers have actually been quite slow on the uptake.

Last night we listened to Clive Bull's phone-in show on LBC Radio, where TV Licensing intimidation was one of the hot topics of discussion. It is fair to say that the 20 minutes of airtime dedicated to TV Licensing were damning in the extreme. Not one person had anything complimentary to say about the BBC's revenue generation racket.

Several callers recounted their frustration at being subject to continual TV Licensing harassment, despite having previously informed the errant organisation of their TV licence circumstances. Some callers explained how they had been given inaccurate information (in some cases downright lies) by TV Licensing call centre staff.

As we listened to the show we tweeted some of the more memorable comments:

"TV Licensing can't prove one way or another if you're evading the fee" - Clive

"TV Licensing told me that if the builders (working on unoccupied house) had mobile phones, I had to be covered by a TV licence" - Jennifer

"The very offensive way the TV Licensing Authority send out letters is nothing short of harassment" - by email

"TV Licensing kept nagging me, even though I'd told them the property was empty" - Nazeem

"I've been harassed by TV Licensing for years" - Mark

"It's time the BBC was wound up" - Alan

"I've had over a dozen letters, implying I'm going to court (despite them not even knowing my name), and I'm no closer to going to court now than I was  4.5 years ago" - by email

Remember that a TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is used to receive "live" broadcast TV programmes. 

Anyone who doesn't legally need a TV licence, doesn't need to waste their time with TV Licensing. The comments above illustrate perfectly the reason why.


Ray Turner said...

I find this fascinating.

When I stopped watching/recording live broadcast TV, I visited the TVL website and registered the FACT that I no longer need a TV Licence.

Apart from the routine initial correspondence, i.e. an acknowledgement that I didn't need a licence

Apart from one leaflet several months later, stuffed through my letterbox by the Goons who called when I wasn't in, expecting to carry out that routine check that was mentioned when I registered as unlicensed with TVL...

I have received nothing else.

Naturally I will keep the world fully informed about what's happening via my blog (and here of course), but on the basis of my observations so far, I'm not seeing quite the same problem that others around the UK are reporting.

James said...

A different thing for me here as I do watch TV and therefore we do pay for a TV licence, but I have recently moved back in with family and asked for a refund to which they won't give me. So I have posted the incident here on my blog: http://theconis.blogspot.com/

I have not heard from them for a few days now so will have to message them again. Will keep everybody updated.