August 21st, 2013

155,000 People Criminalised By BBC Last Year

Cracking little find in City AM today. 155,000 people were criminalised by the BBC last year over licence fee offences. That is 12% of all criminal prosecutions in the UK. If you don’t pay you end up with a fine of £1,000 or even a jail sentence. The TV poll tax is a protection racket pure and simple…


  1. 1
    The Telly Tax is a Tax says:

    The licence fee is classified as a tax,[7] and evasion is a criminal offence

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    Surely they were criminalised by not, you know, obeying the law?

    Or perhaps those rioters from a few years ago were criminalised by the police, poor things?

  3. 3
    Sledge Hammer says:

    But why have the government made it a Criminal offence by classifying it as a tax and not left it as a debt and therefore a civil offence?

  4. 4
    The BBC are cunts says:


  5. 5
    RK says:

    “Licence”, with a ‘c’, is the noun, Guido. I’ve not bought one since the State rendered my receiving equipment inoperable by switching off the analogue signal.

  6. 6
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Because the Telly tax raises around £ 3.5 BILLION and dear old Auntie is a very hungry beast.

  7. 7
    Engineer says:


    I stopped paying the Telly Tax a couple of years ago. The previous two years, I’d delayed payment in protest at the BBC money-wasting and bias. Wrote ‘em two polite letters telling ‘em why. Got the usual arrogant and dismissive reponse in each case. Finally decided I’d had enough and ditched the telly, wrote to ‘em and told ‘em. Expected raids by goons. So far, not a peep.

    Don’t miss the telly, either. Not getting another.

  8. 8
    Brent Fraser says:

    ‘Lawbreakers in criminal record shock’ – hardly the most surprising headline ever.

  9. 9
    Dave Camoron says:

    Because the BBC (and the unique way it’s funded) is simply super, I’m going to extend the idea. What I’m going to do is nationalise Sainsbury’s. And then I’m going to introduce a £145 p/a Supermarket Licence, with the revenue going to Sainsbury’s.

    Every household will have to have a Supermarket License in order to shop at any supermarket, not just Saisnbury’s.

    Anyone without a Supermaket license who is caught shopping in Tesco, Aldi, Asda or Waitrose will be prosecuted and possibly imprisoned.

    Super, eh?

  10. 10
    ian wragg says:

    Stop watching live tv as we have done and don’t pay this tax.

  11. 11
    Mitch says:

    In that case, you don’t need a licence, anyway.

  12. 12
    Lord Stansted says:

    More to the point, if it’s a criminal and not civil offence, why aren’t the Police involved? The Police do’t want to know if you complain to them about the antics of TV Enforcement.

  13. 13
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    NO! the bedroom tax is a tax because it falls disproportionately on the poorest in society.

    The LICENCE FEE is NOT a tax as it falls on everyone equally, whether they can afford it or not. Or even if they use it or not.
    Much fairer.

  14. 14
    Lord Stansted says:

    me too. The telly is so retro anyway.

  15. 15
    Lord Sainsbury - labour party donor says:

    I like it!

  16. 16
    Lord Stansted says:

    City AM is a great paper. Miles better than the FT.

  17. 17
    Peter Martin says:

    ‘But why have the government made it a Criminal offence by classifying it as a tax and not left it as a debt and therefore a civil offence?’

    That is a good question.

    Now, will anyone from government (current or aspiring) care to answer, or are we to be treated to a leaf from Lord Patten’s BBC Book of Accountability and get told, (or simply discover) that some only ASK questions and never need to answer.

    Or, if pushed, there’s always an FOI exemption legal team to hand if there’s any money left after the Savile compo payments. Lawyers tend to prefer their wedge up front, so get ready for a lot more Dad’s Army.

  18. 18
    The BBC costs a fortune. says:

    I wonder how much it costs the taxpayer to take each case through the court system? Judges. lawyers and clerks don’t come cheap and certainly a lot more than 140 bucks.

    Simple solution is to introduce viewing cards. BBC won’t because they know people will watch ITV or sky instead because people don’t really love Aunty very much.

  19. 19
    Lord Reith says:

    A new Campaign beckons, Guido.

    It’s long past time to cut the BBC’S licence fee dependency.

    Have we to wait for UKIP to do do the business, while Cameron’s toffs faff about?

  20. 20
    It is. says:


  21. 21
    Bill Quango MP-x says:

    Still have the telly. Don’t watch it very much at all anymore. Did a survey for Yougov a few months back. had to record your TV watching for a week.

    BBC came out with around 20%. Pretty poor value for money. Mind you, ITV came out worse. Channel 4 best.

  22. 22
    Will says:

    the BBC threaten old ladies on a pension into paying for the telly tax, never mind foe most of them its a weeks pension, but the BBC needs the money.

    So sending a few heavies rounds to threaten grandma is OK.

  23. 23
    A Rusbridger says:

    For Sale: Macbook Pro, needs some TLC.

  24. 24
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    And 75% of the convicted are single mums!

  25. 25
    The Lizzud Returns says:

    Not paying the TV licence while owning a TV is a criminal offence under the Communications Act 2003 and the secondary tv licensing regulations of 2004. You commit a criminal offence, you reap the consequences.

    The tv licence pays for a large sector of British television. While I consider that both the BBC and Channel 4 are very biased, my view is that reform is better than abolition in this case. Aside from anything else, the BBC is, largely, free fom interference by the government of the day (unless, Guido, you take the view that a Royal charter would work for newspapers but not for broadcasters).

  26. 26
    Malcolm Armsteen says:

    It’s not the “Telly Tax” ! Call it what it really is – “The BBC Telly Tax”.

  27. 27
    Vote UKIP get Hard Labour says:

    “That is 12% of all criminal prosecutions in the UK.”
    Amazing. Nothing about it on Today this morning. I expect Radio 4 will check it out on “More or Less”.

  28. 28
    Andy pandy says:

    If I do not pay my satellite subscription they just cut me off.

    They do not prosecute me and threaten prison.

  29. 29
    Jaffa Cakes says:

    The BBC should be encrypted so only those who want it have to pay for it, failing that it should be closed down and then fired into deep space to ensure it never returns.

  30. 30
    Jerry' Bristles' Paxo says:

    Flog the BBC
    and reduce prison costs
    and increase my pension.

  31. 31
    Tom Watson MP says:

    Ha Ha ha.

  32. 32
    Grauniad says:

    Wait until we talk some sucker into introducing the broadband tax to support newspapers that cannot sell to save their lives.

  33. 33
    The Lizzud Returns says:

    That’s helpful, thanks.

  34. 34
    spanows says:

    A tax than paid out to chums in massive pay-offs, cover-ups, news omission, agenda driven politicking, sumptuous cab and champagne consumption etc…

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Knocking the licence fee? Must be a slow news day, returning to an old standard guaranteed to meet a favourable reception. Yawn.

  36. 36
    Soap Dodger says:

    Sounds good Dave, but will we get it for nowt if we are too idle to work?

  37. 37
    Kieran E says:

    Knocking the licence fee? Must be a slow news day, returning to an old standard guaranteed to find a favourable reception. Yawn.

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Yet another burning building without doors.

  39. 39
    Ed Moribund says:

    Anything I can do for you, I will. Give me a call in 2015 when I’m PM.

  40. 40
    domino316 says:

    After constant threats to visit my house despite being told I have no TV (oh do come on in, where Common law applies and I consider you trespassers “I wasn’t to know that clipboard was not a knife, I had just bought these carpets do you think the BBC will pay for the blood cleaning off them”), I reported them under the Protection from Harassment and Malicious Comms Act to the local Police Inspector in Bristol), never heard from them again.

  41. 41
    rick says:

    LibLabCon worship the State Broadcaster for the same reason all repressive regimes do – the dumb public actually pay for their own brainwashing.

  42. 42
    Conspiracy Theorist says:

    12% – funny how that is the same as UKIP’s poll rating today !

  43. 43
    Tachybaptus says:

    That was the argument used for the poll tax. Went down like a lead balloon.

  44. 44
    Ron Barras says:

    Proof the courts are clogged by scroungers and scummers.

    If you can’t pay, sell your TV or get a job!

  45. 45
    Russbriger says:

    A more modern version would be City FM

  46. 46
    R. Youshore says:

    You are Victor Meldrew and I claim my £ 5 discount from my Telly Tax.

  47. 47
    R. Youshore says:

    See 45 above.

  48. 48
    BBC says:

    Hello comrade and thanks for your solidarity.

    We do not need any interference we can do that all on our own.

  49. 49
    I have to pay for this shit says:

    The left wings devotion to the BBC and the speed at which they jump to it’s defence on some really indefensible issue’s like child abuse and cover up is proof to me that the BBC is a left wing establishment tool.

  50. 50
    Benny Fitz-Clements says:

    Eh ???? How would I be able to record myself on Jeremy Vyle ?

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Channel 4 best? (Well, most watched.) Very odd. Does this reflect the growing number of Muslіms?

  52. 52
    Time 4 Change says:

    Just because this is an old chestnut doesn’t mean it’s wrong though.

    Ever since I can remember those in power have always said that the BBC is the envy of the world, it is cherished as a national treasure, the Licence is outstandingly good value for money and people do not want change.

    Well that view is simply wrong and the advent of the social media has meant the people who the people in power refer to do not agree with them.

    The technology for encryption and a viewing card rather than a paper licence has existed for more than two decades now. What are the BBC scared of, people voting with their off button?

  53. 53
    Will says:


    If you look at the declining quality of output from the BBC of original programmes, and its just for the ratings stuff ie put a bit of sex nudity violence in to get the viewers interested.

    How many recent programmes made by the BBC could be described as classics and I include comedy in that. Dads army / porridge /only fools and horses get more on repeats than many of its current programmes and were better written.

  54. 54
    +1 says:

    A good point, well made.

  55. 55
    Calidius Eroticus says:

    Even if you can pay, sell your TV and do something else more interesting instead.

  56. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Since when has “Not paying the TV licence while owning a TV a criminal offence”?

    Watching live TV without a licence is a criminal offence.

  57. 57
    Bill Quango MP-x says:

    Ahh…I should explain. These were the umbrella terms. BBC is ALL BBC stations 1234 + news. Channel 4 is all of their stations.

    Big Bang theory explains the C4 brand popularity. Plus the Simpsons. And C4 news gets a fair amount of time. And Ms Quango has a mild Hollyoaks Addiction.

  58. 58
    Just for balance says:

    I just cannot understand why people begrudge paying the TV licence fee. The amount of content the BBC puts out, from TV to radio to online, news, documentaries, entertainment, music, the list is endless. And all advert-free. The latter is worth £12 a month on its own. Contrast this with the mind-numbing tripe that ITV puts out. Cowell-shite, Jungle-shite, Keith Lemon shite, etc etc. The BBC shelters us from this garbage.

    The £12 a month is phenomenal value for money. It could not be done unless everyone subscribed. If the way it is financed could be construed as ‘socialist’ then it just goes to show what can be done when the state, instead of private enterprise, works for the common good rather than profit.

    We can learn a lot from the way the BBC is constituted. Long may it continue.

  59. 59
    BBC is Living Communism. says:

    As the TV licence is officially a tax this means that the BBC is a State Broadcaster funded by the state and also regulated by the state.

  60. 60
    NE Frontiersman says:

    I stopped paying the fee after I moved to a new house with the aerial in an inaccessible place, at the same time all the Savile stuff started coming out. They phoned politely a couple of times, but never hassled.

    If and when we see a significant number of BBC senior staff jailed for what they countenanced for many years, giving some evidence that the stables have been cleaned, they may just get it back again.
    I’m in no hurry: there’s a torrent of electronic information out there, in any case, and I’m catching up at last with Walter Scott.
    Bizarrely one learns more of interest from RT, which has to be careful not to annoy the Shirtless Wonder.
    I only want to know what the BBC is saying in the same sense that people used to watch the Kremlin podium on May Day, to work out the eddies in the power game, not for any actual information.

  61. 61
    Jimmy says:

    In much the same way Guido was criminalised by traffic police. Society is to blame really.

  62. 62
    Pam Fritter says:

    When you’ve got a bladder like mine you appreciate plenty of adverts.

  63. 63
    Will says:

    thank you from the BBC PR department.

    The main objection is that ITV and other channels funds itself from adverts or subscription, not by a one off yearly tax even if I do not watch any of its outputs.

    If I watch ITV or SKY or al Jerzera news, why should I fund BBC news.

    Answers please

  64. 64
    KillTheBeeb says:

    To fight this vile state enforced theft do this if you pay your licence monthly
    1. Phone TV Licensing on 0300 790 6130
    2. Say you want to cancel your direct debit
    3. They will ask if you no longer have a TV
    4. Say you have and you want to keep the licence in force
    5. They will say fine. We will remind you to renew in 6 months time.

    When you pay monthly they take double the true monthly payment in the first 6 months. After that the monthly payment reduces by half to the true monthly figure and goes on forever at that figure. Presumably it goes on like that till you die.
    So after 12 months paying you are always 6 months in credit

  65. 65
    We love Balance. The BBC says:

    Viva Communism.

  66. 66
    I have to pay for this shit says:

    Jimmy likes the BBC.I rest my case.

  67. 67
    Somebody Who Doesn't Support Theft says:

    ‘The £12 a month is phenomenal value for money. It could not be done unless everyone subscribed.’

    No. It could be done without everyone subscribing. If you and your chums like watching BBC News lying to you so much, pay for it out of your own pocket at £48 a month or however much it comes to. Don’t force me to pay for your entertainment.

  68. 68
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    I think the live -tv is going to get you.

    It is still an offence to watch BBC channels, iplayer etc, without a TV licence. whether live or not. Already been court tested.

    Problem for us is how do we catch you? Makes a lot more sense to go to subscription. That way no licence – no iplayer. No webpages.

  69. 69
    A BBC TAX PAYER says:

    The BBC should reveal all employees, contracts etc with over 250k which would include pensions etc.

    It should reveal all part-time staff paid over 150k and state their hours.

    It should only advertise on its own web site.

    It should reveal, as a proportion, the external sources it uses to collaborate stories, external sources used to acquire stories.

    These facts should be shown one page away from the main page.

  70. 70
    Just for balance says:

    Not any PR department. Just able to think for myself. Willingly pay £12 a month to keep ITV and its facile adverts out of my life.

  71. 71
    Sky + Itv viewers pay for the BBC says:

    Err…. perhaps it’s because people can not watch other live channels unless they pay the BBC tax.

    Even if you watch live subscription channels such as Sky the tax law says you must buy a BBC licence.

  72. 72
    Staple Remover says:

    It is regressive: it costs poor people proportionately far more than millionaires.

  73. 73
    BBC says:

    Sorry wrong. Or post a link ?

  74. 74
    Pravda says:


  75. 75
    Just for balance says:

    £12 per month v. £48 per month. Seems my argument prevails…

  76. 76
    The BBC says:

    Thanks comrade.

  77. 77
    The Television Tax. Something you will never hear on the BBC says:

    So in a nutshell. The viewing of live TV, any live TV channel in the UK is taxed.

  78. 78
    BBC says:

    There is no license fee in Spain. A big enough dish will get you UK Freeview over there. Ex pats don’t have therefore to pay.

    Is this right? Discuss

  79. 79
    Just for balance says:

    Adverts are seldom if ever other than misleading. The biggest criminal scam ever foisted upon this country.

  80. 80
    T4Two says:

    BBC on line continues to milk the Miranda story whilst expounding the Gruniad line.

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:


  82. 82
    The BBC says:

    We have loads of adverts, it’s just that they are all for our own products.

    We also shamelessly promote Facebook and Twitter, but as we are the BBC, that’s not advertising. Because we say so.

  83. 83
    Moussa Koussa mark 16 says:

    UKIP = non-starter
    Abolish the BBC = non-starter

    Welcome to the world of Guido.

  84. 84
    Where is the fairness in this says:

    Well that is fine but are you also willing to let people who never watch the BBC not be forced by threat of prison to pay for your TV viewing?

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    It’s history that it’s a criminal offence. Rather like that law that used to exist until a few years ago about taxis (hackney carriages) having to carry a bale of straw to feed their horse.
    It dates to the first world war era when the exciting new development of the wireless was felt by government to imply a possibly security risk, so it was important that all who indulged were identifiable by being licenced.

  86. 86
    Planet watch says:

    Geedo world is better than Moose world.

  87. 87
    bbc's HORN of plenty says:

    how do the total revenues from prosecution (gross and net of lawyers’ rip-offs) compare with mr jeremy klaxon’s earnings from and via the bbc?

  88. 88
    BBC STASI Officer says:

    It’s the captured audience behind the wavelength curtain we focus our efforts on.

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    jacques un a sangatte says:


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    Another Person says:

    It’s history that it’s a criminal offence. Rather like that law that used to exist until a few years ago about taxis (hackney carriages) having to carry a bale of straw to feed their horse.
    It dates to the first world war era when the exciting new development of the wireless was felt by government to imply a possibly security risk, so it was important that all who indulged were identifiable by being licenced.

  91. 91
    Envy of the world says:

    - the Lib Lab Con are all agreed that we a wonderful organisation

    – you see, we need the £4 billion per year that the ta—-er, licence fee brings in to pay our paltry salaries to fund all those incredibly high London house prices and thus do our bit to support the British economy.

    So just pay up and don’y make a fuss, eh.

  92. 92
    dai penniless says:

    its an organisation that suits well the politicos who sponsor it with money extorted from us

  93. 93
    fruitcake says:

    Nope, I don’t have a TV, don’t have live to air broadcasts.
    Yet Crapita, thinly disguised as the NTVLA, like to think I have an “account” and would love to send somebody to check that I’m not lying.

    The answer is to say “sex and travel mr crapita, unless you have a warrant or I shall be after you and your man for aggravated trespass”

    As said tax is to subsidise the state broadcaster, I think they should change the beebs funding model either to advertising or subscription….course the beeb won’t be able to afford the same level of jollies, expenses, salaries and pay-offs as it currently does, but hey, that’s business.

  94. 94
    dai penniless says:

    and our house mortgages are subsidised by any of you foolish enough to save

  95. 95
    BBC Man says:

    Naw, still old hat. Needs to be City Digital and have hundreds of channels all with their own staff and pension arrangements

  96. 96
    Anon says:

    They have plenty of their own adverts often disguised as news stories with the final line -“you can find out more at 9pm tonight on blablabla”

  97. 97
    Not Telling says:

    Magistrates are virtually free.

    Contrary to popular belief, proper Magistrates are volunteers. Some people, called District Judges, also sit in Magistrates’ courts. These latter are full time, expensive and sit alone . The MOJ currently prefers deploying these and in the last few years has done everything it can to undermine magistrates, presumably due to their wish for people who are compliant than the magistrates.

    There are travel expenses paid and a ‘capped’ loss of earnings allowance (which many, especially self-employed magistrates). Many magistrates don’t claim as they consider being a magistrate as an honourable public service. The allowances do not cover anything like the amounts of lost earnings in reality and the system for claiming it is also not very user-friendly.

  98. 98
    Scare Tactics says:

    Tell us again BBC, exactly how do those TV Detector Vans work?

  99. 99
    The Lizzud Returns says:

    s.363 of the Communications Act 2003: “A television receiver must not be installed or used unless the installation and use of the receiver is authorised by a licence under this Part.”

    Nothing in the Act or the regs limits use to “live” TV — usage is defined to include watching live TV, but is not limited to it.

  100. 100
    I did not read what you said says:

    Don’t shout.

  101. 101
    The Lizzud Returns says:

    Nope, you’re wrong. See below.

  102. 102
    BBC Man says:

    We can’t. It’s secret.

  103. 103
    Ellie-Mae (8) says:

    The red button is wrong, see

    If of course the BBC do make something of interest on iplayer that you’d like to keep I recommend get_iplayer

  104. 104
    Karma says:

    Wait till prices collapse. Which they will.

  105. 105
    Ellie-Mae (8) says:

    new keyboard required

  106. 106
    MI6 says:

    Those BBC adverts in the 70’s featuring fake vans inspired us to build the real thing.

  107. 107
    Old BBC Engineer says:

    Actually, they worked by detecting the line timebase oscillator from old CRT TVs. You will recall hearing the whistle if you put a radio near an old TV.
    But they don’t work on modern digital LCD kit. So we just rely on sending threatening letters to all UK addresses with no TV licence.

  108. 108
    denmondo says:

    They could on the old CRT tvs or at least the opportunity to do so was there. Incidentally That is why secure installations have Faraday cages built into them. No way on the new stuff though.

  109. 109
    Somebody Who Doesn't Support Theft says:

    £12 per month v. £0 per month. Fuck off, I don’t want to pay for your shit.

  110. 110
    Emily says:

    Bloated and financially wasteful. The wonderful BBC.

  111. 111
    pp Client Satisfaction Monitor says:

    True: when I tore my licence in half post Savile and sent it back to them, the nice man from TV Licensing rang to tell of the unexpected refund I would get.

  112. 112
    Anonymous says:

    Just don’t vote for any party that supports the current BBC management and trustees.

  113. 113
    640 MPs says:

    It doesn’t cost us a penny.

  114. 114
    Owen Jones says:

    I am being groomed to take over from brucie.

  115. 115
    Fish says:

    Perhaps Chucky and Weird Ed as part of their cost of living season, will call for this regressive tax to be abolished, saving the poorest in society £145.50 a year.

  116. 116
    Magistrate says:

    And we hate having to deal with these BBC Tax cases, when clearly non payment should be a civil, not a criminal offence.

  117. 117
    danny nolan says:

    Well that is fine but are you also willing to let people who never watch the BBC not be forced by threat of prison to pay for your TV viewing?

    I think the answer is ‘yes’.

    The State is that great fiction where everyone tries to live at everyone else’s expense. – Basqiat

    You’re probably funding his entire life – never mind his viewing habits

  118. 118
    Ebagum Ton says:

    There seemed to be several channels on my TV when I owned one that I may not view unless I paid a subscription and entered the code I’m then provided. Why not do the same with the BBC? No pay, no view. The technology not only already exists, it’s already in operation elsewhere.

    Of course, this will result in there not being enough BBC income to overpay the executive Buggers Broadcasting Communism, and their inane “stars”.

  119. 119
    Fish says:

    What broadcasting organisation needs 22,000 employees, plus those on the payroll who are, for tax purposes not employees?

    What broadcasting organisation needs 7000 ‘journalists’?

    Why are 59 journalists needed on Radio 1 for their 3 minute news broadcasts?

    Time to pull the fucking edifice down.

  120. 120
    Orson Cart says:

    The law used to say you only needed a TV tuner in the house, which included the tuner in a video recorder to require a license. It is changed now, so a license is not needed if you don’t have an antenna plugged in and only watch listen again or TVcatchup online. Anything with a delay is considered not live TV and therefore does not need a license. There is very very little you watch online that is live without a delay. If enough people got together, pulled the antenna and claimed to watch listen again only, they could kill the license at a stroke. People have the power if they chose to use it.

  121. 121
    Technologist says:

    Reform is very simple. All TV services are digital now. Just introduce a viewing card.

  122. 122
    Ellie-Mae (8) says:

    QI, the National Lottery, Eastenders

    Please define shite in 12 words or less

  123. 123
    Monopoly money for a Monopoly says:

    Nah the politicians would just change the law and tax the internet.

    That’s probably why the BBC have spent billions to go online anyway. No one asked them to or demanded it, it was all off the BBC’s own back, at the taxpayer’s expense of course.

  124. 124
    Anonymous says:

    If only they would pull the plug !!

  125. 125
    Anonymous says:

    So the BBC licence fee is a TAX. Without paying this fee it is illegal to watch any live TV from whatever source. As far as I know there are no other types of tax specifically ascribed to particular ends.

    Can one imagine the Americans being legally denied the liberty to watch any TV Channel of their choice unless they paid to support a Government instituted TV channel? They would revolt.

    Why do we submit to this totally anti-democratic set-up, particularly when this institution is so politically biassed in its output and so socially damaging in its PC outlook?

    The BBC squanders vast sums of our expropriated money on a bloated bureaucracy and on third rate programmes with minimal scrutiny from Parliament and effectively answerable to no one but themselves

    I have often wondered if there is not a case to put to the Court of Human Rights regarding the restriction of access imposed by the Government to alternative sources of information.

    Alternatively if all those who failed, or refused ,to pay this Tax also refused to pay the fine, the prisons would have 150,000 more Criminals to house. Perhaps this would persuade the Government to actually listen to people and either reform or abolish this monolith.

  126. 126
    Casual Observer says:

    Dave’s been in No.10 for over 3 years now, purporting to be a Conservative.

    What’s he done to sort the parasitical left wing Beeb out? Fuck all. What is the point of him?

  127. 127
    The Keyboard Police are worse than Social Workers. says:


  128. 128
    Fish says:

    Actually they work by roaming around areas where evasion is rife, frightening people …..just like the ‘go home if you’re an illegal immigrant ‘ ad vans.

    The high pitched whistling or screaming you describe only occurs when lefties lose it, in the case of the illegal immigrant vans. Not a sound from them when their BBC are threatening people with the courts.

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    Fish says:

    There is a 10 second delay when I watch ‘live’ TV on my PC…Does that mean I don’t need a licence?

  130. 130
    The BBC is forever and ever and ever.... says:

    Other things that will never happen in our life times:

    Berlin Wall coming down. German reunification, Collapse of the Soviet Union…

  131. 131
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    £48 a month seems a bit high. More likely £30 IF the BBc decided to continue with its digital obsession, world service, Asian network etc. Plus all their local radio and local news stations. Plus BBC 3 and 4. And if they continued to send 10 journos when other media send 2.

    If they consolidated their news operations into central operations. Newsbeat-six music- radio one – can share a news operation rather than an individual one , with their own researchers, broadcasters etc.

    That alone should bring it down to about £15 a month. Without looking at buildings,managers, pensions, pay offs, salford white elephant and many many other areas that a private business would have rationalised long ago.

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    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    Nowt you can’t fix with superglue. LOL

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    The Lizzud Returns says:

    “As far as I know there are no other types of tax specifically ascribed to particular ends. ”

    Council tax?
    Road tax?
    Airport tax?
    National insurance contributions?

    I would add excise duties, SDLT, VAT, the London congestion charge and and fuel duty, given that you have to pay these in order to achieve the particular end in question, but you’d probably dispute them.

    In any event, good point well made on your part.

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    Fish says:

    The behaviour of Evan Davies this morning on the Today programme should prove to people that this biased organisation is in breach of its charter obligations and need to be shut down. The BBC’s left leaning journalism has turned into a level of activism never seen before.

    Surely the ‘contract’ or covenant that we have, that allows the BBC to extort money, obliges them in return, to uphold the obligation of impartiality that they have and that permits them to operate.

    Time for a judicial review of their performance.

    (or perhaps it’s ‘Occupy the BBC’ time – see how the lefties respond to a bit of direct action)

  135. 135
    BBC Red Bottom says:

    The key part is below Ellie-Mae

    It is a criminal offence to watch ‘live’ television without a TV licence or to possess or control a device which you know or reasonably believe will be used to watch ‘live’ TV without a TV licence. You could be prosecuted and fined up to £1000 (plus be ordered to pay legal costs) for these offences.

    Any device which can receive live tv can be considered requiring a tv licence.


    Only if you never watch live tv can you be safe.

  136. 136
    Raptor says:

    The BBC (and Channel 4) should be broken up and privatised, and the money used to pay down the National Debt. Profits made by the newly-privatised entities would be taxed, as with any other commercial organization.

    The BBC is very keen on taxation, so they can hardly complain about contributing their share to society, instead of spongeing on it, as at present.

    The BBC would also find out what life is like the real world, where people have to earn their own living.

    There would doubtless be a marked change of attitude towards excessive public spending when the BBC is on the paying-out, rather than the receiving, end of it.

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    Fog says:

    - Just for Balance –

    I want to choose where I spend my money. That is the point. There is no other point.

  138. 138
    C.O.Jones says:

    The Greek State Broadcaster was abolished on 11 June 2013, it had 2,656 employees.

  139. 139
    Anonymous says:

    BBC Red Bottom, think again, from the TV Licencing website:

    “The law states that you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record television programmes, on any device, as they’re being shown on TV. This includes TVs, computers, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorders.

    You don’t need a licence if you don’t use any of these devices to watch or record television programmes as they’re being shown on TV – for example, if you use your TV only to watch DVDs or play video games, or you only watch ‘catch up’ services like BBC iPlayer or 4oD.”

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    Over says:

    Yet we still want to hear the fat lady sing

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    Definitely not Lord Reith says:

    Of course we need the licence tax.

    How else could BBC drones afford the champagne to celebrate Labour victory?

    “Garvey reminisced how in the morning after the general election “the corridors of Broadcasting House were strewn with empty champagne bottles – I will always remember that…”

  143. 143
    C.O.Jones says:

    Fish, you forgot to mention the BBC outsourcing to their hundreds of “like minded” friends – who will get the “right slant” on that program.

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    Anonymous says:

    Put licence-dodging Greedo away and it would be 155,001.

  145. 145
    Larry the Cat Burglar says:

    Yes its too bloated.

    9 National TV stations and 17 national radio stations. Its frankly too much, its stifling competion, innovation and killing commercial media.

    What we need is plurality of media. Break it up NOW!

  146. 146
    Caligula says:

    The extent of the BBC’s cash crisis following the compensation claims from the victims of predatory corporation employees, the huge pay-offs to senior executives and the cost of sending 4,432 employees to South Africa to cover the untimely survival of the republic’s former president shows in the leaked provisional Christmas Day BBC1 schedule below:

    2pm: A Very Christmassy Top of the Pops – Compilation of the pop show’s Christmas Editions from the last forty years (clips from 1968, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1992 & 1994 removed for legal reasons).

    3pm: Queen’s Speech of the Day – Gary Lineker introduces highlights of HM Queen’s Christmas message to the Commonwealth.

    3.05pm: FILM: Sink The Bismarck – Blockbuster movie about warships and stuff. Stars Kenneth More (1960)

    5pm: The Two Ronnies Christmas Special – Another chance to see the much loved comic duo’s 1981 Christmas Show.

    6pm: The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show – Another chance to see the much loved comic duo’s 1977 Christmas Special.

    7pm: EastEnders – Den and Ange remain dead and there’s lots of shouting and such like.

    8pm: We’ll Be In the Shite on the Night – Hilarious blooper show featuring clips of Shane Ritchie’s tribute to Sir Jimmy Savile and Newsnight’s allegations against all senior Tories from the Thatcher era.

    9pm: Downton Abbey is on ITV so just fill with any old crap.

    9.45pm BBC News & Weather (no Guardian published on 25th December so seek alternative source for news – not that Guido Fawkes website)

    10pm: The Royle Family – Another chance to see Jim and Barbara talk about turkey and things in the show’s 2009 Christmas Special.

    10.50pm: The Old Grey Whistle Test – Another chance to see the much loved music show’s 1978 Christmas Special.

    Midnight: Carols from Kings – Iphone recording of last night’s world famous carol concert.

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    QI = shit says:

    I won’t watch QI since I saw one programme where Fry gave two wrong answers.
    And also Fry is fucking annoying.

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    Anonymous says:

    The MoJ are ageist cυnts.

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    Pippa Middleton says:


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    Anonymous says:


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    Watson-Watt says:

    Digital is delayed, as the box has to decode the signal. Therefore people with digital (i.e. everyone) does not need a licence.

  152. 152
    Anonymous says:

    And Dr Who would be better if they just repeated the originals instead of the gayest shit they currently churn out.

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    Anonymous says:


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    Hang The Bostards says:

    Time we had a new Poll Tax demo and let it all kick off because of those bastards at the BBC

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    Anonymous says:


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    Fuck the LibLabCon says:

    The BBC is a fucking disgrace!

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    David Cameron, Man of Iron and Equestrian says:

    The BBC is a national treasure and must be preserved at all costs.

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    Anonymous says:


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    So called TV detector vans ARE a myth says:

    “No data from technology claimed to detect television signals has ever been used as court evidence”


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    Joe says:

    Indeed, yet another barefaced lie the BBC still to this day propagates to the general public. Who the hell do they thing they are?

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    Kat says:

    For every man prosecuted, two women are brought before the magistrates by the BBC for none payment. Sound very sexist to me, what’s all that about?

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    Stu says:

    What a fucking stupid comment. How is paying £12:00 a month for output I don’t watch phenomenal value for money?

    Aah but its good socialist stuff so it must be ok.

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    Old Blue Eyes says:

    So there you go Dave. Abolish the TV liceence and cut crime by 12.5% at a stroke. Make the BBC generate their own revenue and make us all happy – well most of us. A sure vote winner.

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    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Amazing how someone with no particular talent for anything can spend a lifetime working for, and being paid by the BBC (not that he’s the only one, of course.) Must be something to do with his politics, like the rest of the BBC’s ‘comedy’ department.

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    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    I certainly don’t. I’d rather watch 24-hour rolling back-to-back 40-year-old episodes of The Sweeney on ITV4 than the socialist-infested bull*** that passes for drama on BBC ‘primetime’ these days.

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    Anonymous says:

    I would love to know if there are any areas/streets where the TV inforcement Nazis don’t go?

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    Yawn says:

    Don’t you mean that 155000 people criminalised themselves by committing a crime under the TV licencing act 2003. This is law made by parliament, not the BBC. Jesus, you people are fuckwits.

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    Jimmy Savile's Ghost says:

    I liked the telly tax, as it gave me an income for decades and allowed me to get to know young people so much better.

    … And I didn’t even have to pay it for the last few years of my life :-)

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    Shopper says:

    I like it too!
    If it’s the same model as the beeb, then all the food sold will be free (once the licence is paid). I can take as much food as I want – well worth £145 a year, even if there will be a lot of lentils and brown rice and hummus on the shelves — I can cope with that.

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    Former debt collecter says:

    About half the people on my round were people who claimed to have tried to cancel Sky, but Sky had disagreed and obtained County Court Judgements against them.

    The other half were people with shopping catalogues (who kept resending them to people who were still paying off the previous arrears)

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    Last straight white British man in Britain says:

    I hate the leftard hypocrits at the BBC.

    Scrap the TV tax now.

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    Hope Springs says:

    Anti-common law stuff. With a neo-Nazis (Mosleyite) running the British Section of the European Justshite Ministry. What do you expect.

    It is the appointment of Ken Clarke to the New Ministry that will hang Cameron. It drives a coach and horses through any Pro-British Pro-democracy crap he spins.

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    Hang The Bostards says:

    How Many people did SKY prosecute ?

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    Hang The Bostards says:

    Privatise the BBC petition. Should be easy to get 155,000 votes at least !!

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    Anonymous says:

    I should have said – National Tax. Council Tax is a local tax — National Insurance is NOT a tax. I was not aware that Road and Airport taxes were reserved to specific ends . If so, ‘mea culpa’! I do indeed disputethe rest of your list .
    I am glad you appreciated the main thrusts of my comment.

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    Ray Turner says:

    Its not a tax, its just being spun that way today, but the TV Licence is well past its sell-by date, it should be scrapped and an alternative means of funding the BBC implemented.

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    British Buggering Corperation says:

    I can not quite understand how the BBC still exists, it is an organisation full of Paedos, shut the British Buggering Corperation down now.

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    British Buggering Corperation says:

    fuck em all.

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    Bleeding Twat says:

    If you can’t afford to pay for it or dodge it then don’t have a telly!

    Surely that should be easy for you libertartarian retards to digest!

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    Keith says:

    All I ask for is the means to turn off BBC channels. I simply have no need for it.

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    Blah blah says:

    No such thing as road tax.

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    Fog says:

    Bleeding Twat – you self-righteous, illogical lefties always spout that ‘don’t have a telly then’ rubbish. TV monitors are used as computer screens, for watching t.v. and DVDs, and streaming from the internet. When you buy a t.v. you have to give your address – only so the BBC can check if you have a licence. Why should people have to live without t.v. monitors because of this tyranny?

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    Ahh…I should explain. These were the umbrella terms. BBC is ALL BBC stations 1234 + news. Channel 4 is all of their stations.

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    Daniel says:

    Send a letter informing them that you are removing their right of implied access. After that, if they come onto your property (garden, etc.) they’re committing trespass.

    You probably won’t hear from them for a few years (there are videos on YouTube of people who’ve done this — even their so-called search warrents are not real and the police will not enforce them).

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    Daniel says:

    He’s a national treasure. Apparently.

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    Haribo Halfwit says:

    That would need to be tested in the courts – but it seems to be the plain and obvious meaning of ‘live’.

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    Anonymous says:

    Who is the shirtless wonder ? is it Chris Bryant, Putin ?

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    Anonymous says:

    I dont watch anything with Stephen Fry in it, he is never off TV or radio and i find him a comlete bore.

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    Anonymous says:

    On the same theme Martha Kearney was appalling when she interviewed Theresa May about Miranda.She actually didnt let her finish one answer ! cutting in, in a very rude way the whole time. You wouldnt tolerate being treated like that in any other sphere of life, so why is it ok on the BBC ?

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    Anonymous says:

    Im surprised they arent bound by law to have some monitoring to make sure they are impartial, or is that supposed to happen ?

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    Anonymous says:

    Is that you Jenni ?

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    Nudge Nudge says:

    I think I see what you’re saying.

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