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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

TV Licensing Threatens Another Deceased Customer


For the umpteenth time, TV Licensing has demonstrated its insensitivity and incompetence by sending threatograms to a deceased customer after having been notified of their death.

John Nicolson MP posted a copy of the offending threatogram on Twitter with the comment: "Yet another deeply crass and insensitive letter from TV Licensing. The addressee is dead. Her daughter says she has informed TV Licensing and naturally she finds intimidating letters like this threatening and upsetting."

He invited TV Licensing's Twitter harlots to get in touch to make an apology to his constituent.

The aforementioned TV Licensing Twitter harlots replied: "Hi John, thank you for contacting us. We're sorry for any distress caused by this letter this wasn't our intention. We'd like our Customer Relations team to take a look into this, could you please DM us your email address?"

Mr Nicolson claimed TV Licensing made the mistake "all the time" and we are certainly aware of several similar circumstances previously mentioned in the TV Licensing Blog.

He added that when the bereaved daughter went out of her way to report her mother's death to TV Licensing, she was warned that the letters would probably continue to arrive anyway.

The former ITN journalist and MP for Ochil & South Perthshire urged TV Licensing to "take on board the widespread anger felt by MPs about the way you harass vulnerable people with these threatening letters".

It seems an opportune moment to remind readers of TV Licensing's goodwill and compensation payment policy. If you've been wronged by TV Licensing get your claim in today!

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Sunday, 6 September 2020

Davie Planning for Future Two-Tier TV Licence Fee


The BBC's new Director General, Tim Davie, is planning for a future two-tier TV licence fee.

Under the proposal viewers would be able to opt for a standard or premium package, depending on the BBC content they were interested in.

The premium package is likely to feature BBC blockbusters like Bodyguard, Killing Eve and Noughts And Crosses.

The standard package, which would include news and childrens' programming, would be aimed at those who mainly watch subscription services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Earlier this week Davie, who is viewed as the potential saviour of the BBC, signalled his opposition to the abolition of the TV licence fee as its main source of funding.

As the legislation currently stands it is a criminal offence for a person to receive TV programmes, or BBC on-demand programmes, in any property that is not covered by a valid TV licence. Even though the TV licence exclusively funds the BBC, a TV licence is needed to view programmes at the same time as they are broadcast on any TV channel. The legislation is unfair, outdated and unenforceable.

A source told The Sun: "This is all at a very early stage but the two-tier structure is being discussed at the higher echelons.

"You would effectively have a cut-price version including the main aspects of telly and radio stations.

"But there would be a gear-change with the next offer to the public, which could include the high-production dramas and possibly some sports.

"The view is very clear that the corporation has to stay relevant.

"People now have so many add-on services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, that they feel they may not be using a lot of what the BBC has to offer.

"By offering a smaller product, it's likely to win over those who dip in but don’t watch, listen or read BBC output as much as before."

Mr Davie outlined his views during a speech in Cardiff this week where he said the corporation must "act now" so that "more people feel the BBC is for them".


He said: "Our aim is not to beat others at their own game. It is to focus on being more, rather than less, BBC. More distinctive and committed to our unique public-service mission.

"We do not need all of everyone’s media time but we do need habitual use of the BBC and a deep attachment to at least some of our content.

"For the avoidance of doubt, I do not want a subscription BBC that serves the few.

"That would make us just another media company serving a specific group."

A BBC spokesperson denied any work was currently underway into a two-tier offering.

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Saturday, 5 September 2020

Prime Minister Drops Biggest Hint Yet that TV Licence Faces Overhaul


The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson MP, has dropped his biggest hint yet that the future funding of the BBC faces a radical overhaul.

At Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday (2nd September 2020) Andrew Lewer MP, who has represented the good people of Northampton South since 2017, asked: "When I buy a copy of the Mirror, the Mail or the Telegraph, I'm not obliged to buy a copy of the Guardian.

"And yet when I want to watch live TV on Sky or Amazon Prime or ITV, I am forced to pay for the BBC.

"Does the Prime Minister believe that this is a sustainable situation in the medium or longer term?"

The Prime Minister replied: "He makes an interesting point of view shared I'm sure by many people in this country.

"But my Right Honourable friend, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, will be setting out a roadmap shortly for reform of the BBC and addressing the very issue that he mentions."



It has been an uncomfortably hot summer for the BBC, with mounting criticism over the impartiality of its news reporting and handling of recent over-75 TV licence reforms.

Speaking recently in Cardiff, Tim Davie, the BBC's new Director General, described the corporation as a "brilliant success".

He said the corporation's top priority would be to "renew our commitment to impartiality" and he opposed any move towards a subscription model that "would make us just another media company".

The Government is expect to report the outcome of its recent consultation on the decriminalisation of TV licence fee evasion by the end of this month.

You can read the TV Licensing Blog's response to the consultation here.

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