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Sunday, 22 March 2015

TV Licensing Tones Down Threatogram Lies

We've become aware of a new TV Licensing threatogram doing the rounds.

It is very similar to the much criticised "WHATEVER YOU'RE WATCHING" threatogram, but the heading of the original version has been replaced with slightly more accurate and less aggressive text.

The original version contained the downright dishonest heading: "WHATEVER YOU'RE WATCHING, HOWEVER YOU'RE WATCHING IT, YOUR HOME NEEDS A TV LICENCE". The revised version has the heading: "Whenever and however you watch or record live TV, your home needs a licence".

The body text in both letters is identical.

It is interesting from our point of view that TV Licensing appears to have altered the heading in response to public criticism. 

Ordinarily TV Licensing doesn't give much consideration to public opinion, so why has it responded differently in this case?


Götter Dämmerung said...

I think the reason TVL have bowed to public critism over the bare faced lie of the original wording of the "Whatever you're watching" threatogram is more to do with the timing of the BBC charter being up for renewal more than anything else.

Plus everyone has ridiculed the statement knowing it's not true. A small victory for the LLF community.

Anonymous said...

They started to get worried that a legal challenge might be in the offing. It will be interesting to see if any of the other threatograms are revised.

Götter Dämmerung said...

I've only just noticed that they have dropped the statement being all in capital letters as well which is both physiologically intimidating and threatening.

Anonymous said...

Imagine the flood gates opening for mis-sold licences based on that lie.

Every tom dick n Clarkson would be putting a claim in

Fred Bear said...

I think this change is the result of the BBC getting nervous over a number of things, including: the review into the enforcement regime, the Charter coming up for renewal, details of their compensation scheme getting publicised (in this blog) and the recent success someone had in suing BBC TV Licensing over their letters.

There's no evidence that the BBC care about upsetting people with their unpleasant letters - they only care about the money.