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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

New TV Licensing Threatograms - The IN01O Series

Over the last few weeks TV Licensing has been distributing several new variants of threatogram to unlicensed properties.

The new missives all bear a reference code beginning with the characters IN01O, so we shall henceforth refer to them as the IN01O series of threatograms.

We are aware of threatograms bearing the following reference codes:
  • IN01O0A1, IN01O0A2, IN01O0A3, IN01O0A4 - all of these variants have exactly the same text and formatting. These letters are printed in blue/green and an example is shown above.
  • IN01OA1, IN01OA2 - both of these variants have exactly the same text and formatting. They are printed in red and an example is shown below.
There are likely to be other members of the IN01O series that we have not yet come across, so please let us know if you have one. Better still if you can scan and email us a suitably redacted copy.

These threatograms might be new, but the message from TV Licensing certainly isn't - your property is unlicensed, it is under investigation, if caught breaking the law you risk prosecution, stop this investigation now by buying a licence.

In common with all other TV Licensing threatograms, if you read carefully you'll say a generous splattering of the words "may" and "if" and very little of substance.

The IN01O series represents yet another TV Licensing kite flying exercise, in the desperate hope that recipients are intimidated into buying a TV licence irrespective of their legal need to do so.

We can only assume that TV Licensing's conspicuous use of IN01O reference codes is an attempt to give the new variant threatograms an artificial air of authority.

Remember that a legally-licence-free person is under no obligation at all to TV Licensing. Simply ignore their letters and keep the door firmly closed on any TV Licensing goon that calls.

Don't be one of the unfortunate innocent people who makes the mistake of trusting TV Licensing and ends up accused of an offence they haven't committed.

TV Licensing are complete and utter scum and cannot be trusted.

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Sunday, 16 February 2020

TV Licence Publicity Sparks Fresh Wave of BBC Social Media Misinformation

It would appear that one of the main priorities of the Government is to reform the future method of funding the BBC.

In its barely three month existence the Government has generated a lot of newspaper headlines in relation to its quest to radically overhaul and hold to account the ailing national broadcaster.

Sensing the impending Broadcasting House bloodbath, an increasing number of BBC managers and luvvies have gone into self-preservation mode. They spend their days proclaiming the exceptional value of the TV licence fee and irreplaceability of the BBC, a national treasure (or gravy train, depending on your perspective).

Social media is awash with faceless BBC employees trying desperately hard to sell the unique qualities of the Corporation and justify the anachronistic existence of the TV licence.

Unfortunately a lot of these insider titbits of information are complete and utter bollocks, as perfectly demonstrated by the comments of BBC journalist David Gregory-Kumar, aided and abetted by that bastion of BBC ignorance, radio presenter Jim Hawkins.

Gregory-Kumar, a BBC Midlands Today correspondent, told a fellow Twitter user @curious5875: "If you can prove to TV Licensing that you don't use BBC content you don't have to pay (the TV licence fee)."

He then went on to question @curious5875 about whether they were a consumer of BBC Radio or Online content, as if that would somehow justify their payment for a TV licence.

It is worrying that someone the public would perceive as having a degree of authority on the BBC, has such a fundamental misunderstanding of TV licence legislation.

Under the current outdated and unenforceable legislation a TV licence is required to receive TV programmes on any channel, not just those provided by the BBC. A TV licence is also required to receive BBC on-demand programmes via the iPlayer, but there is no legal requirement for a licence to listen to BBC Radio or browse BBC Online.

We would encourage everyone to be extremely cautious about apparently "expert" words of advice dispensed by BBC employees on social media.

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Downing Street Plans to Abolish TV Licence

The Prime Minister intends to abolish the BBC TV licence fee, according to reports in the Sunday newspapers.

An unnamed (naturally) senior Downing Street source has told the Sunday Times that the Government intends a radical overhaul of the ailing national broadcaster, which will see dozens of TV and radio channels axed and the BBC's online presence drastically reduced.

"We are not bluffing on the licence fee. We are having a consolation and we will whack it. It has to be a subscription model", the Downing Street insider said.

"They've got hundreds of radio stations, they've got all these TV stations and a massive website. The whole things needs massive pruning back.

"They should have a few TV stations, a couple of radio stations and massively curtailed online presence and put more money into the World Service, which is part of its core job."

It is no secret that the incumbent Government has justifiable concerns about the way the BBC is managed.

Under current arrangements the BBC is funded exclusively by the TV licence fee, which rakes in around £3.8 bn a year. That annual cash injection is guaranteed irrespective of how woeful the BBC's content, sordid its scandal or nauseating its profligacy.

The legislation requires that every property where equipment is used to receive TV programmes, or BBC on-demand programmes, is covered by a valid TV licence, which currently costs £154.50 per year. The legislation - an anachronism of a bygone era when the BBC was the only broadcaster - applies to receiving TV programmes on any channel, which means non-BBC viewers are forced to line its coffers regardless. Anyone caught receiving TV programmes without a valid TV licence can be prosecuted by the BBC in the criminal courts.

The Prime Minister is currently jockeying his troops to give the BBC an almighty slapping, with the recent installation of ministers Oliver Dowden and John Whittingdale at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Less than a fortnight ago the Government launched a second consultation in less than five years on the future method of funding of the BBC. In particular, the review is seeking to gauge public opinion on the decriminalisation of TV licence evasion and invites alternative suggestions for methods of enforcement. The Government could, if so minded, remove criminal sanctions by 2022.

Here at the TV Licensing Blog we fully favour the BBC being funded by a subscription model. If the BBC is as good as it pretends to be, then it should have nothing to fear as consumers will be queuing around the block to pay for its content. The increased competition will also force the BBC to increase the quality of its output and decrease its vast amounts of internal waste. If the BBC can't step up the the plate and live on its own commercial merits, then it deserves to die in the same manner as any other twenty-first century broadcaster - slowly and painfully.

Make no mistake that the Government is wanting to hold the BBC to account more than ever before. The BBC is undoubtedly squirming at the prospect of having to up its game and work for a living.

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