The ruthless tactics employed by TV Licensing have been exposed on the front page of today's Daily Mail.
Apologies for the tardiness of our response today, but this is the first opportunity we've had to share our thoughts.
TV Licensing is the trading name used by companies contracted by the BBC to administer and enforce the TV licence fee. The BBC, as statutory Licensing Authority, retains full legal responsibility for running the TV licence system, but likes to maintain a safe distance from the caustic TV Licensing brand. Capita Business Services Ltd currently holds the lucrative TV Licensing operations contract.
You can read the Daily Mail's article as well as we can, so we won't cover their ground. Suffice to say we are not at all surprised that certain Capita TV Licensing managers are encouraging their door-knocking cannon fodder to hard sell, snoop through windows, conceal their identities and gather evidence in a selective manner.
In the ten years we have been campaigning against TV Licensing (the BBC have referred to us as "TV Licensing's most prevalent activist") we have heard stories like these every single week. The BBC, which pores over every article we write, knows fine well the unscrupulous tactics of its TV Licensing contractors, but it simply isn't bothered - just as long as nigh on impossible performance targets are met and the cash keeps rolling in. By shrugging its shoulders and falsely pleading ignorance, the BBC is fully complicit in the heinous conduct of the bottom feeders it contracts to enforce the TV licence.
Bullying, deceit, intimidation, fraud, assault and even rape - we've seen them all.
Enough is enough.
Two final housekeeping notes:
1. Apologies to readers who left comments earlier today, but your contributions were inadvertently deleted.
2. One of the authors of today's Daily Mail exposé, Glen Keogh, has asked that anyone who has been bullied or intimidated by Capita TV Licensing employees (e.g. door knocking goons) gets in touch with their stories. Email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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