The BBC rakes in an extra £16m a year by forcing quarterly Direct Debit customers to pay a £5 premium on their TV licence fees.
The revelation is not new, but has come back into focus following the appearance of BBC executives Anne Bulford and Pipa Doubtfire before the House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee last week.
The dynamic duo were appearing before the Committee to answer (not so probing) questions about the way the TV licence fee is enforced. The BBC contractor responsible for collecting and enforcing the TV licence fee, Capita Business Services Ltd, made the headlines back in March when an undercover investigation revealed (or rather confirmed) that some of its people are unscrupulous, dishonest shitbags.
The Committee expressed concern that vulnerable and disadvantaged TV licence holders, many of whom pay the fee by quarterly Direct Debit, were charged an extra £5 a year for choosing that method of payment.
Doubtfire confirmed to the Committee that the £5 premium raised an extra £16m for the BBC every year. Clearly astounded by the extent of the BBC's money grab, Meg Hillier MP responded: "Wow".
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