TV Licensing has just released its latest tranche of canned press releases to newspapers across the land.
This time, in common with every other time it needs a bit of a publicity boost, TV Licensing is focusing on the weird and wonderful excuses supposedly given for non-payment of the TV licence fee. It's one of TV Licensing's favourite stories, which it regurgitates ad nauseum.
Of course there is no way of corroborating any of the excuses given by TV Licensing, which we know, as a matter of fact, has previously told lies on the doorstep and in its promotional material. For some obscure reason the newspapers are still quite happy to print any fantastical tripe originating from the dysfunctional mind of a TV Licensing PR harlot.
Here, to redress the balance, we present ten TV Licensing lies:
1. TV Licensing lie: "Whatever you're watching; however you're watching it; your home needs a TV licence".
Source: A TV Licensing threatogram (see here).
TV Licensing truth: This is such a bare-faced lie that the truth speaks for it self. A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programme services.
2. TV Licensing lie: "I'm not from TV Licensing".
Source: A TV Licensing goon speaking to the occupier of a correctly unlicensed property (see here).
TV Licensing truth: The same TV Licensing goon, Paul Bale, has been captured on video several times. His TV Licensing ID card was clearly displayed in one of those videos. We are aware of a more recent incident where a proven TV Licensing goon, operating in the Glasgow area, denied his affiliation to TV Licensing and dishonestly claimed to be from Scottish Gas (see here).
3. TV Licensing lie: "I didn't assault you".
Source: A TV Licensing goon speaking to the occupier of a correctly unlicensed property in the Redcar and Cleveland village of Carlin How (see here).
TV Licensing truth: The footage of this incident shows quite clearly that the goon did hit the occupier. It will be difficult even for TV Licensing to pretend otherwise.
4. TV Licensing lie: "We are not aggressive or threatening".
Source: This statement comes directly from TV Licensing's brand philosophy (more here).
TV Licensing truth: We know of many occasions where TV Licensing goons have been threatening and aggressive (see here, here, here and here for starters).
5. TV Licensing lie: "If you take an image of me and use it without my express approval then you're in breach of the Data Protection Act".
Source: Scruffy-looking barrack-room lawyer TV Licensing goon during a visit to a correctly unlicensed property (see here).
TV Licensing truth: It is perfectly legal, and positively encouraged, for the occupier of a property to film TV Licensing goons that visit that property or in a public place.
6. TV Licensing lie: "That's not my car".
Source: TV Licensing goon Paul Bale, speaking to the disgruntled occupier of a correctly unlicensed property (see here).
TV Licensing truth: A second video showed Bale driving the exact same car only a few weeks earlier.
7. TV Licensing lie: "We will not prosecute you".
Source: That's what TV Licensing told grieving widower Marcus Greenhouse, who understandably forgot to pay the TV licence fee shortly after the tragic death of his wife. Marcus paid the TV licence fee as soon as the genuine oversight was brought to his attention (see here).
TV Licensing truth: TV Licensing, in a further demonstration of their wayward moral compass, decided it was in the public interest to prosecute Marcus regardless.
8. TV Licensing lie: "TV Licensing will not accept an invoice for time and costs".
Source: That's what TV Licensing told our reader Phil, when he indicated his intention to take legal action against them (see here).
TV Licensing truth: TV Licensing was successfully sued and did eventually pay Phil's claim in full. We encourage others to follow suit.
9. TV Licensing lie: "One of the most prolific YouTube/bloggers (The Jesus of Kayaking) has repeatedly threatened violence against any TV Licensing goon".
Source: An email produced by a member of the BBC TV Licensing team, trying to rally the troops into battle against the evil forces at work on YouTube and in the blogosphere. Evil forces just like us actually! (see here).
TV Licensing truth: We are big fans of the YouTube channel in question and have never seen anything that remotely threatens violence against TV Licensing goons. Still, let's not let the truth stand in the way of a good story, eh TV Licensing?
10. TV Licensing lie: "I've now deleted your address from our system, which will stop any further letters being sent to you".
Source: A letter from TV Licensing to a licence-holder who had wrongly been receiving threatograms (see here).
TV Licensing truth: Much to the occupier's exasperation, TV Licensing continued to send threatograms to the correctly licensed address.
That is ten examples of TV Licensing telling bare-faced lies, with corroborable evidence supporting the fact.
TV Licensing don't provide any evidence at all to support the tripe they plant in the newspapers.