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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.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

TV Licensing Boss Gets Doorstepped

A prominent anti-TV Licensing campaigner has doorstepped its BBC boss.

Michael Shakespeare hand delivered a letter of complaint to the home of BBC Head of Revenue Management, Pipa Doubtfire, last Wednesday afternoon.

Michael, you might recall, was wrongly convicted of TV licence evasion in the most sinister of circumstances. His conviction was quashed on appeal with the Judge commenting that no reasonable tribunal of fact could ever accept the prosecution case, which was so implausible that TV Licensing's own witnesses contradicted it.

Having publicly humiliated TV Licensing in court, you would think the BBC's revenue generation bullies would give Michael a wide berth nowadays. On the contrary, TV Licensing continues to spitefully target an innocent man.

We surmise that Doubtfire, who earns almost £160k, doesn't have much time for people like Michael. That being the case, she has failed to respond to his entirely justified complaints.

He has told TV Licensing not to visit his property, but it insists it has the right to do so. Using the same logic, Michael decided he had the right to visit Doubtfire's home to personally drop off a letter. He had been told by the BBC that she works at home, so he reasoned that she would happily accept business correspondence there. She didn't answer the door, so he handed it to the person who did. He then left the property immediately - no dialogue, no confrontation - in stark contrast to the menacing behaviour, threats and lies exhibited by many TV Licensing goons.

It would appear that Doubtfire didn't appreciate Michael's personal touch. Running to the police with the speed and agility of a teenager fleeing Jimmy Savile's BBC dressing room, she complained that she had been harassed in her own home. Oh the irony.

Harassment, by legal definition, involves a course of action - a first-time, one-off visit to someone's home doesn't quite cut it. We're amused that the woman responsible for TV Licensing's doorstep thugs feels so aggrieved at receiving a letter far more benign than the average TV Licensing threatogram.

The police tried to serve Michael with a Police Information Notice, but he refused to accept it.

We'll bring you any developments as they happen.

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Edit (17/5/18): We have corrected Pipa Doubtfire's salary details and tidied up the wording of this article.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

BBC Bosses Asked Pregnant Presenter to Work on Due Date

BBC bosses asked a heavily pregnant presenter to work on the day her baby was due, the High Court has heard.

Joanna Gosling, 47, a regular BBC News presenter for more than 20 years, also told the court that the BBC threatened to cut her pay after she returned from maternity leave.

Despite her years fronting BBC programmes, Gosling is not employed directly by the national broadcaster. As a non-employee she said she was not eligible for maternity pay, holiday pay, sick pay or pension and is on a contract which means she could be sacked "without reason".

Breaking down in tears, Ms Gosling told the High Court: "I have always felt there was a two-tier system for those working at the BBC, whereby some were looked after with full staff and benefits and others had no status or security. Being in the second camp did not foster any sense of belonging.

"If a staff member gets pregnant, they don't have to hide it for fear they might lose their work. My periods of time off for the birth of each of my three children were 12 weeks, nine weeks and 13 weeks because I could not afford to take longer off unpaid."

She later told how in 2001, when pregnant with her first child, she was called by somebody running the news rota saying as they couldn't find cover she was needed for cover on her due date.

In 2007, when pregnant with her third child, BBC bosses told her they wanted to sever her contract and start a new one, on a much cheaper rate, on her return.

Given the tenuous terms of her non-employment, Ms Gosling said she felt "vulnerable" being pregnant and had "no choice" but accept the deal put to her.

The BBC, you might remember, is facing serious questions over the creative methods it employs to avoid paying income tax and NI contributions. Instead of employing "talent" directly, it pays them via a third-party personal services company. Such an arrangement allows the BBC to avoid PAYE and NI liability for the individual in question, even though they are effectively in employment.

Gosling, David Eades and Tim Willcox are currently challenging tax demands from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at a specialist tribunal hearing in London.

The hearing is due to end later this month.

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Friday, 27 April 2018

BBC Waives TV Licence Rules for Royal Wedding

The BBC will waive TV licence rules for certain groups wishing to show the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The wedding is due to take place on Saturday, 26th May 2018 at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

The dispensation, which is very limited, will allow the unlicensed reception of the live Royal Wedding programme only. It will only apply to those wishing to publicly screen and celebrate the event, such as community groups and street parties.

The last time the BBC offered such a dispensation was for the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations on 5th June 2012.

The BBC is yet to announce this relaxation of the rules, but should do very shortly. More information shown in the email below.

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