The BBC has just released information about the number of TV licence cancellations since the financial year 2001/02.
The information, which was disclosed in a Freedom of Information response to WhatDoTheyKnow.com user Mr Richard White, shows a generally upwards trend in the number of TV licence cancellations until 2011/12, which is followed by a slight decline in the number of cancellations after that.
The number of licences issued has steadily increased over the same period of time, from around 23.2 million in 2001/02 to 25.6 million in 2014/15 (projected). Using a combination of those two values we have been able to calculate the percentage of TV licences cancelled in each financial year, which is slightly more meaningful than the number of cancellations alone.
|Financial Year||Cancellations||Licences in Force||% Cancellation|
Note that projected values are shown for the financial year 2014/15.
Towards the middle of the financial year 2012/13 the BBC was rocked by the revelation that Jimmy Savile, a former television and radio presenter, had sexually abused dozens of children during his time at the Corporation. Despite massive public outcry at the time, it would now appear that very few people actually cancelled their TV licences in protest at the BBC's handling of the Savile scandal.
Perhaps a few more people will cancel when Dame Janet Smith publishes her final report, which will undoubtedly reveal the true extent of Savile's crimes and exactly what the BBC knew about them.