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Saturday, 7 April 2012

TV Licensing Rip-Off Exposed

The Daily Telegraph has revealed today that millions of people are being over-charged on their TV licence fees as the BBC sells them an annual licence that only last eleven months.

The Corporation has been making as much as £25 million a year through the little-known loophole, which we have previously discussed here at the TV Licensing blog.

As the paper explains: "Any viewer buying a TV licence for the first time is charged £145.50 for a year-long permit."

"But under current arrangements, the new licence expires 12 months from the first day of the month in which it is purchased. This means that an ‘annual’ licence bought on April 30 2012 will actually run out at midnight on March 31 2013.

"Licence fee payers have complained that the payment quirk means they are getting as little as 11 months’ worth of licence when they have paid for a full year."

A spokesman for TV Licensing, or rather their PR harlots Fishburn Hedges, denied that the BBC was short-changing customers. Their argument, consistent as ever, is that changing the renewal system would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, which would not be in the economic interests of the licence-fee payer.

We dispute their maths.

John Whittingdale MP, chair of the Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said: "I entirely understand why people think it is unfair. They are having an average of 15 and anything up to 30 days of TV watching - which they think they have paid for - taken away from them."

"I quite understand why people feel they’re being ripped off."

Very tellingly, he concluded: "I think the licence fee as a way of financing the BBC has become anachronistic."

So do we Mr Whittingdale.


TGR Worzel said...

Yes, I spotted that one too. I've resolved that if I do weaken and buy a new TV, I'll make sure I do it on the first day of the month...

I say "buy" because my old TV and set-top box have now gone to the dump, so its not just a case of plugging it back in again. I've got to go out and purchase some new equipment if I ever want to watch TV again.

Must be said though, some the latest gadget-laden TV's are an attractive proposition.

To date, the thought of having to buy a new TV Licence and be lumbered with that £145.50 bill every year has discouraged such an investment.

20% VAT doesn't help either...!

So there you go. You can also argue that the TV Licence is damaging the economy...

Admin said...

TV licence damaging the economy? I hadn't thought of that.

Thanks Ray. I like the cut of your jib.

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