Why we're here:
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 or record live broadcast television programmes then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

TV Licensing: We're Giving You 10 Days to Get Correctly Licensed

That's the menacing statement printed in bold lettering at the top of TV Licensing's most recent threatogram.

In all likelihood anyone receiving this threatogram resides in a correctly unlicensed property already. That's according to the BBC's own figures, which state that more than 4 out of 5 unlicensed addresses are correctly unlicensed.

Despite that unequivocal fact, TV Licensing still churns out more than 100,000 threatening reminder letters every single working day. Of those 100,000 letters, each costing around 18.4 pence for postage alone (2012 figures), more than 80,000 of them are destined for properties where no TV licence is needed. That's at least £20,000 going straight down the drain every single working day.

The "10 days letter", which came onto the scene a few months ago, has attracted widespread consternation from our readers. In common with most TV Licensing threatograms, it barely acknowledges the fact that the recipient might not need a TV licence. In common with all TV Licensing letters, the threatening manner and legally-deceptive wording has been approved by a senior BBC manager.

The letter reads as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,

There is no record of a TV Licence at this address. This means you are breaking the law if you are watching or recording programmes as they're being shown on TV, on any device.

We will not visit you for 10 days, but you must get correctly licensed.
We know how difficult it is to pay the bills at the moment. That's why we're giving you until [date] to get correctly licensed. Our investigation of your address has been put on hold, and we will not send an Enforcement Officer to your address during this time.

Call us on 0300 790 6156 by [date].
One of our specialist advisors will help check if you need a TV Licence. If you do, they'll help you find the best way to spread the cost. For example, our payment card lets you pay from £5.60 a week at any PayPoint. You can also pay by Direct Debit, or apply for a free licence if you're 75 or over.

If you think you don't need a licence, you should tell us in the next 10 days so we can update our records.

What happens if you decide to do nothing.
If you don't contact us by [date], we will then start a full investigation of your address. Please turn over for more information.

Yours faithfully,

[Imaginary Signature]
Imaginary Person
[Location] Enforcement Manager

So what happens, we hear you ask, if a person ignores the threats and fails to respond within 10 days? Absolutely nothing is the answer. The letters will continue to arrive every month; perhaps a TV Licensing goon with very few rights will attempt to visit; and then the cycle will eventually restart all over again.

Even if a person decides to humour TV Licensing by getting in touch, it will probably be a wasted effort. A quick glance at TV Licensing's Twitter feed aptly demonstrates how it continues to harass legitimate non-viewers, even after being informed about their no-TV status.

A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is used to receive TV programme services. Anyone who doesn't need a TV licence, is under no legal obligation at all to communicate or co-operate with TV Licensing - they certainly don't need to "get correctly licensed" as the letter dishonestly states.

We strongly recommend non-viewers ignore TV Licensing entirely: simply keep quiet, bin its threatograms and leave its employees out in the cold. Most people who fall foul of TV Licensing have made the mistake of saying the wrong thing, thus incriminating them self. Totally blanking TV Licensing and saying nothing is by far the most effective approach.

Communicating with TV Licensing is a totally futile effort, so it's better to spend your time in more productive ways (like reading our free ebook).

TV Licensing: Embracing Tech or Paying by Cheque

TV Licensing's latest media campaign is all about the different ways that communities across the UK pay for their TV licence.

Surely no-one, apart from TV Licensing PR harlots and BBC leg-humpers, is really interested in the number of Doncastrians still paying for their TV licence by cheque? Given these TV Licensing press releases are churned out by the thousand, it could equally be the residents of Land's End or John o'Groats at the butt of TV Licensing jokes about their choice of payment method.

The latest campaign is another glaring example of TV Licensing generating "news", albeit of a very dubious and uncorroborable quality, in a desperate attempt to secure newspaper column inches.

TV Licensing relies very heavily on the public perception that it operates in all places at all times. Planting newspaper articles is a major effort towards achieving that goal. It does exactly the same every new year when it churns out, ad nauseum, fantastical bullshit about the number of people still paying for a black and white TV licence.

Remember that a TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is used to receive TV programme services. Anyone who doesn't need a TV licence can safely ignore the imaginary stories TV Licensing spoon-feed to the local press and media.

We actively encourage anyone paying their TV licence to do so by cheque, as it costs TV Licensing additional time and inconvenience to process the payment.

Treat TV Licensing with the contempt they deserve. There has never been a better time to cancel your TV licence.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

TV Licensing Commentary on Manx Radio

Two massively deserved hat-tips today: firstly to Manx Harry for sending his thoughts about TV Licensing goons into Manx Radio; secondly to presenter Stu Peters for reading them out live on air.

Manx Harry, otherwise known as manxharrymonk on YouTube, penned an email to Stu Peters, host of the weekday Talking Heads programme on Manx Radio, all about TV Licensing's much publicised visit to the Island. 

Stu read the email out part way through his show on Friday, 17th October 2014.

The text of Manx Harry's email went as follows:

I see that it's reported that TV Licensing are sending their goon squad back to the Island to dish out some more doorstep harassment in the coming weeks.

I'd just like everybody to know that these so-called "enforcement officers" that they send out to knock on doors, have no more authority than the Avon lady or someone selling dusters or double glazing. They are basically salesmen who work for a private company called Capita, who have the contract to collect the TV licence fee.

These goons that come around people's homes are self-employed and receive a salary of around £17,000 per year, but they also collect £20 commission for every TV licence that they sell.

The best way to deal with these cold callers is to simply not answer the door unless you're expecting a visitor. If you are unlucky enough to encounter one of these people on the doorstep: don't confirm that you live at the address; don't confirm your name or any of your other personal details either; and never sign anything that they hand to you; and never ever let them into your home; and if possible video your encounter with them. (Stu: We've all got a video camera by the front door!) Simply close the door and get on with what you were doing.

These TV Licensing people have absolutely no legal powers whatsoever, but a lot of people don't understand this. (Stu: You're right. You're right. A lot of people don't understand that).

People can find all the information they need for dealing with TV Licensing at www.tvlicenceresistance.info, or check out all the TV Licensing goon videos on YouTube.
Couldn't have put it any better myself.

Well done to Manx Harry and thanks to Stu for reading the email to his listeners.

TV Licensing PR Harlots: We're Helping to Save Paper

TV Licensing's PR people are always good for a giggle.

It looks like their latest campaign, which has been drip fed to local newspapers and radio stations across the nation, extols the virtues of paying online and thereby saving time and paper.

TV Licensing PR harlot Martin Dyan, who works for Fishburn (formerly Fishburn Hedges), gave this insightful commentary to The Breeze 107.6 radio station based in Basingstoke: "There has actually been an increase in the number of people paying online.

"It's actually up from 4.2 million last year to 5.2 million people across the UK.

"It's always great to see people getting away from paper and just trying to be a bit more online. 

"It helps keep the paper trail down; everything becomes a lot more efficient; and you're still able to get the same service and still watch that fantastic TV that you like to watch.

"It's certainly becoming, if not already, the way to get a licence."

Now for the bits that Dyan forgot to mention. TV Licensing is so concerned about saving time, paper and administrative costs that it actually sends out about 100,000 reminder letters every single working day. 

Of those 100,000 letters, each costing around 18.4 pence for postage alone (2012 figures), more than 80,000 of them are destined for properties where no TV licence is needed. That's according to the BBC's own figures, which state that more than 4 out of 5 unlicensed addresses are correctly unlicensed.

In other words every single working day TV Licensing is effectively flushing almost £20,000 of public money straight down the drain by sending letters to people who don't need them. That's only accounting for the postal costs. We estimate that the true cost of distributing these letters is actually twice that amount, when printing and sorting costs are taken into account.

Ponder that one the next time TV Licensing are peddling their planted smut in the local newspaper or radio station.