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 live broadcast television programmes then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Ex-BBC Journalist Robin Aitken: Why Auntie Doesn't Deserve an Increased TV Licence Fee

Former journalist Robin Aitken, author of highly acclaimed book "Can We Still Trust the BBC?", writes about why the BBC doesn't deserve any increase in the TV licence fee.

An excerpt to wet your whistles:
There was doubtless a sense of relief in the executive suites on the upper floors of New Broadcasting House this week as BBC bosses digested the contents of the latest Parliamentary inquiry into its operations. The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee (CMS) had undertaken a prolonged investigation and at the end of that process what emerged was …. something not very radical. On the licence fee – that goose which lays an annual egg stuffed with £4 billion for the Beeb to gorge on - the committee pronounced that there is "no better alternative for funding the BBC in the near term". What a relief. Trebles all round!
Read Robin's full piece in the Telegraph.

Edit: This is the second incarnation of this post today. The first one was culled when an error was spotted by one of our eagle-eyed readers!

Reader Letter: Visitor Watching TV in No Licence Needed Property

In today's post we respond to an email received from one of our readers.

Our reader writes:

Dear TV Licensing Blog,

I have recently confirmed to TV Licensing that I do not need a TV licence, as I only watch catch-up and never live broadcast TV programmes.

Occasionally my 13 year old daughter, who normally lives with her mother, is in the house alone while she is waiting for me to get home from work.

Does the TV licence of her mother's property cover her to watch TV programmes at my property when I'm not there?


TV Licensing Blog replies:

Dear Steve,

Legally speaking, as your property does not have a valid TV licence then no-one should be watching TV programmes on installed equipment there. By installed equipment I mean that which is plugged into the mains and has an external aerial.

If your daughter was watching TV programmes on an unplugged device, which was powered by its own internal battery and had no external aerial, then the TV licence of her mother's property would cover her wherever she was watching. That would include if she was sitting in your living room and watching programmes on an unplugged laptop, iPad or similar.

I am sure that your daughter would be sensible enough not to engage with any strangers who called at your property without you being there. TV Licensing employ undesirable types and we would strongly discourage anyone - not least a lone female - from granting them access voluntarily. If she inadvertently answers the door a quick "Sorry, I'm not able to talk [slam]" should do the trick.

As it goes, even if your daughter was (hypothetically) caught watching TV programmes without a valid TV licence, she would not risk prosecution because she is not an appropriate person to interview. 

It is TV Licensing policy not to prosecute anyone under the age of 17 years old. Even then, they will only prosecute a 17 year old if they are responsible for the unlicensed property in question. TV Licensing policy is normally only to prosecute those who are aged 18 years or older, who normally reside at the unlicensed property.

I hope you have found that information useful. 

Thank you for reading the TV Licensing Blog.


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