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.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

BBC Bosses Down, Expenses Up

The BBC claims to have reduced the number of senior managers by 5.7% in the last year.

This reduction has led to salary savings of 5.4%, according to a statement published on the BBC website a few days ago.

Between August 2009 and September 2014 the BBC reduced its overall senior manager headcount by 230 from 640 to 410 (36%) and the senior manager pay bill by £27.4m from £78.5m to £51.1m (35%). This translates to an average BBC senior manager salary of £125k, which is almost five times the UK average salary and compares quite favorably to the Prime Minister's £142k.

A BBC spokesperson said: "Since August 2009 the BBC has reduced senior manager headcount and pay bill by over a third. We’ll keep driving down costs whilst making sure we have the right people in the right jobs and are giving audiences the best programmes and services."

Director General Tony Hall vowed to improve efficiency at the scandal-ridden Corporation when he took up the top job last year. This news would seem to suggest the BBC is actually heading in the right direction by reining in spending.

But before anyone gets too excited at the prospect of BBC financial integrity, a quick glance at last week's Telegraph paints a very different picture.

According to that article the amount spent by BBC fat cats rose by 7% to almost £700k under Hall’s leadership. Worthy of special mention is Commercial Director Bal Samra, who claimed more than £7k on taxis in the last year despite receiving a basic salary of £315k.

A BBC spokesman told the Telegraph: "There are essential costs incurred in the running of a major broadcasting organisation which will always fluctuate, but we are mindful we are spending public money and aim to drive down costs wherever possible.

"We’re saving money by reducing the number and total pay bill of senior managers."

Andy Silvester, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: "Licence-fee payers will be furious that their hard-earned cash is being spent not on high-quality programming but on senior management’s astronomical expense bill."

We are in little doubt that the BBC bloaters claiming these massive expenses will think they are fully justified in doing so. They are probably salving their consciences with the notion that the BBC is no worse off, given the 36% fall in managerial headcount over the last 5 years.

There has never been a better time to cancel your TV licence.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Capita TV Licensing In Goon Recruitment Drive

Have you ever wanted a job where you can threaten people in their own homes, bully money from the vulnerable and infirm and pretend you have more powers than you actually do?

Unfortunately ISIS isn't holding its next UK recruitment drive until the new year.

In the meantime Capita TV Licensing, which is contracted to administer and enforce the TV licence system on behalf of the BBC, is waiting to hear from you.

No qualifications, life experience, personality or communication skills? Don't worry, as none of these are essential prerequisites of working for the nation's most despised revenue generation racket. Every day we see videos of TV Licensing goons barely able to string a coherent sentence together.

Got a criminal record? Never fear, as that won't automatically bar you from TV Licensing employment either, even though you'll be visiting the homes of some of the most vulnerable people in society. 

TV Licensing has even employed fraudsters and rapists in the past, so a few minor misdemeanours are neither here nor there. A proven track record of obtaining results through deception might even enhance your application, as a significant part of the role is trying to sell TV licences to people who don't legally need them. Technically speaking, a TV licence is only required for those properties where equipment is used to receive TV programmes, but if that's your attitude then this job's probably not for you.

You'll be working in a challenging sales environment, as according to the BBC's own figures more than four out of five people who claim they don't need a TV licence are actually telling the truth.

TV Licensing goons have a minimum performance target of obtaining one "Code 8" prosecution statement every hour. If they don't make the grade they face the real prospect of disciplinary action and ultimately dismissal; if they exceed that target they face the real prospect of earning healthy commission payments on top of their modest basic salary.

Is it any wonder we see so many examples of TV Licensing goons telling lies, hard selling and behaving aggressively as they visit legitimately licence-free properties?

Make no mistake that TV Licensing goons are incentivised to achieve results by whatever means necessary. 

Their livelihoods depend on it.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Watch Out: TV Licensing Goon Beale Is About

Regular readers will know all about Northern Irish TV Licensing goon Paul Beale.

He's one of the most infamous Capita TV Licensing employees out there, having featured in no less than three previous video encounters. 

Over the past couple of years we have seen Beale point blank deny being a TV Licensing goon, strike out at the occupier of an unlicensed property and sniff around back yards. We have also heard many more stories in the background, but they're for another day.

TV Licensing, as regular readers of our blog, know all about Beale's past antics, but in the finest traditions of BBC blind-eye turning turning they continue to let him loose on the streets of Northern Ireland.

Today's video is an absolute corker not for Beale's actions, but for the occupier's dialogue with him.

Silver-haired Beale knocked at the door and the occupier, quick as a flash, had the camera rolling. The occupier was very quick to tell Beale to leave his property, but in characteristic fashion Beale thought he'd trespass for a while longer. 

Beale asked the occupier "aren't you going to ask who I am?" to which the occupier replied "I know who you are. I even recognise you. Beale isn't it?!"

It's just as well the occupier did recognise Beale, because contrary to TV Licensing rules he made no attempt whatsoever to show his ID card.

Beale's new wheels. Or maybe it's just a new registration number?

Remember folks: A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is used to receive TV programmes. Anyone who doesn't need a TV licence is under no legal obligation to communicate or co-operate with TV Licensing at all.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Taking the Fight to TV Licensing

The below contribution has been sent to us by a reader called James, who questions what right an organisation as corrupt as the BBC has to bully licence fee payment from non-consumers of its service.

I moved into my new rented property on 13th March of this year. I am in bereavement for my beloved wife and needed some time to rest and adjust to life on my own. Shortly after moving in I received my first letter from the TV licensing authorities. I found the style and content of the literature to be inflammatory and so decided to ignore it. Soon afterwards a second letter came and I decided to do the same as they had already caused me upset by the inappropriate correspondence they had sent me the first time. A third letter then arrived informing me that they had authorised a visit to my property which may come during the morning or the evening on an unspecified visit. Their assumption appears to be based on their own misguided self authorisation and not on any legal framework which will grant them automatic right of entry to my home. Indeed, although I am the tenant and have a legally binding agreement - the ignorance and arrogance of the TV licensing authority do not seem to have given this adequate consideration. Becoming increasingly inflamed by their correspondence, which by its very nature is designed to cause alarm and distress which is unlawful under harassment laws -  I decided to ignore them once again. Hence, the fourth letter now informs me that a court date will be set. All of this has been born from my refusal to participate in their annoying little game of stimulus/response. I have signed no documentation. I have had no contact with anyone visiting my property and yet they instigate a prosecution against me with no evidence of the one point of law they need to successfully mount a case against me - this being that I have been watching TV programmes as they are being broadcast. Such disgraceful behaviour is beneath contempt and I am dearly looking forward to my court appearance where I will (thanks to the advice given on this AMAZING site) ask to be armed with the evidence they have against me. I believe it should be unlawful for this prosecution to be initiated and shall be writing to the new Chairwoman of the BBC Trust and the Office of The Attorney General to alert them as to the practices of threats and intimidation being employed by the TV licensing authorities in order that yet another layer of complaint can be added to their already blemished record of ill treatment towards members of the British public. The prosecution’s case will rest solely on one singular point of law - as mentioned above. In litigation, as many here will be aware - there is prosecution AND defence. Now then, English law provides a platform for both sides to contend against each other. I find this marvellously exciting as it will provide me with an opportunity to question and destroy the prosecution’s case against me. My defence is simple. Times have changed. Legislation has not. It is apparent that the BBC would like the license fee to also cover the shiny new (7 yr old) BBC iPlayer - but to their frustration and resentment - legislators have not agreed to this until after the 2015 General Election. So, what do we have here? A frustrated corporation desperate for cash to pay their so called highly talented "stars" exorbitant salaries while the rest of us struggle to put food on the table - who despite knowing that legislation only covers watching live broadcasts - STILL construct their method of acquiring income based upon threats and intimidation. This is a corporation running scared and who can only resort to such antiquated methods of extortion because the law won't support them in any other respect. What does this mean? It means that I can watch any TV programme I wish - at a time of MY convenience - not theirs - for free - whilst the BBC corporation must shoulder the cost of all their productions that I decide to watch whilst they are impotent to do anything about it. Amusing no? I think so, which is why I am so looking forward to my court date as it will be better than a day out at the beach. I’ll even take a packed lunch and a cream cake just for good measure.

And whilst I am on the subject of talent - I do not think that the likes of Graham Norton, Jeremy Clarkson and Jonathan Ross are worth their weight in salt – never mind 7 figure salaries which the BBC themselves have refused to publish. I find it deeply hypocritical that the TV licensing authorities wish to extract funds from the British public whilst the BBC refuses to declare the salaries to whom those same funds are being allocated. Are these people for real? Yes, unfortunately, this would appear to be the case. On the subject of funding, I did not read or hear of any refunds being given to license fee payers dating back to the seventies to compensate for the apathetic will to investigate claims against the now late Jimmy Savile for violations amounting to sexual abuse. The same arrogant corporation also appeared to distant itself from similar claims made against Stuart Hall, Chris Denning and Rolf Harris. Is the license fee payer expected to contribute to a corporation that refuses to acknowledge, let alone investigate such serious claims of misconduct? May I remind members of the public, and the British Broadcasting Corporation  that it was license fee payers who paid these people's wages. Surely it should be considered unlawful to contribute to such atrocious and unacceptable activity - yet the TV licensing authorities appear to be blissfully ignorant of this - which is why I would feel perfectly within my rights to ask the TV inspectors that knock on my door if they are on the sex offenders register. After all, I am perfectly entitled to know where my money is being spent...aren't I? The current model for acquiring revenue for the BBC has gone past its sell by date and is in need of review. With UKIP making serious headway in British politics - do not be surprised if the legislation to renew the Royal charter is repealed altogether, as I have been informed by a senior member of the party that the current model is unsustainable. The BBC then, needs to find other ways to fund its lavish and extravagant lifestyle such as that enjoyed by the presenters aforementioned in order to survive. Will they be able to achieve this? Well, in order to answer that question, we need to quickly pop across the pond to our American counterparts and in the words of President Obama - "Yes we can". So why don't they? Because the current model - supported by members of the public who are intimidated and threatened with court action provides a very comfortable living for BBC executives who will do anything to maintain the status quo.. In the words of Douglas Carswell recent defector from Conservatives to UKIP – “We need change”. The time of reckoning has come. Daddy Rat draws his proverbial sword and offers those who threaten to infringe upon his freedom the opportunity to engage in conflict as I will demonstrate quite clearly to these people...how the hunter... becomes the hunted...and....if a prison sentence is all they have in their armoury against me, I openly declare that in the current economic downturn - I could do with a holiday anyway. Wish me luck won’t you? Oh and please say a little prayer for my beloved wife – She was Mummy Rat... and like me – was a strong advocate of fighting authoritarian regimes like the BBC and TV licensing inspectorate who are so deeply enamelled by their own arrogance they have forgotten the merits of courtesy and respect.

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