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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.

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.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Eye Watering Salaries of BBC Talent


Some of the BBC's biggest stars stand accused of fleecing the TV licence fee payer, after it emerged that they pocket payments of up to £125,000 for hosting an hour-long programme.

For years the BBC has been sobbing to the Government about how it will have to cut back on services as a result of the frozen TV licence fee, yet it appears the bloated Corporation has no trouble at all when it comes to lining the pockets of its fat cat executives or overrated talent.

Only last week one of the highest paid BBC stars, Top Gear host Chris Evans, said that it would be sensible for the BBC to spend less on celebrity salaries.

Today, the Daily Mail has published a list of the astonishing salaries claimed by some of the BBC's biggest names. The BBC has tried very hard to suppress the publication of this information and looking at the figures below it's easy to see why.
  • Chris Evans - Radio 2 presenter and host of Top Gear - £1.6m, of which £1m is for his television work and £600k for his radio work. That works out at the equivalent of £125k per episode of Top Gear.
  • Michael McIntyre - host of Michael McIntyre's Big Show - £500k. That is the equivalent of £83k per episode.
  • Matt LeBlanc - host of Top Gear - £500k. That is the equivalent of £62.5k per episode.
  • Jeremy Vine - Radio 2 presenter and host of Eggheads - £800k. That is the equivalent of £3.8k per show.
  • Ian Hislop - panellist on Have I Got News For You - £400k. That is the equivalent of £20k per episode.
  • Claudia Winkleman - host of Strictly Come Dancing - £525k. That is the equivalent of £18.9k per episode.
  • Gary Lineker - presenter of Match Of The Day - £1.8m. That is the equivalent of £51.4 per episode.
  • Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins - presenters of The Great British Bake Off - £500k each. That is the equivalent of £45.5k per episode.
  • Will.i.am - judge on The Voice - £600k. That is the equivalent of £42.8k per episode.
  • Alan Yentob - presenter of Imagine - £150k. That is the equivalent of £12.5k per episode.
  • Gabby Logan - presenter of The Edge, Match Of The Day and The London Marathon - £375k. That is the equivalent of £11.4 per episode.
  • Graham Norton - host of The Graham Norton Show and commentator on the Eurovision Song Contest - £1.3m. That is the equivalent of £36.1k per episode.
  • David Dimbleby - host of Question Time - £450k. That is the equivalent of £15k per episode.
  • Ricky Wilson - judge on The Voice - £200k. That is the equivalent of £14.8k per episode.
  • Andrew Marr - Radio 4 presenter and host of The Andrew Marr Show - £580k. That is the equivalent of £9.8k per episode.
  • Alex Jones - host of The One Show - £500k. That is the equivalent of £2.2k per episode.
  • Eddie Mair - Radio 4 presenter - £425k. That is the equivalent of £9k per episode.
  • Fiona Bruce - presenter of Antiques Roadshow, Fake Or Fortune and BBC News - £500k. That is the equivalent of £7.3k per episode.
  • Clare Balding - host of The Clare Balding Show, presenter of Good Morning Sunday, Ramblings and BBC Sport - £500k. That is the equivalent of £7.3k per episode.
  • Craig Revel Horwood - judge on Strictly Come Dancing - £200k. That is the equivalent of £7.1k per episode.
  • John Humphrys - Radio 4 and Mastermind presenter - £375k. That is the equivalent of £8.9k per episode.
  • Greg Wallace - presenter of MasterChef and MasterChef The Professionals - £250k. That is the equivalent of £5.1k per episode.
All this, remember, is only possible thanks to the unique way the BBC is funded by the TV licence fee.

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

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Friday, 20 May 2016

TV Licensing Goon Uses Four-Letter Insult Against Legitimate Non-Viewer

A businessman has accused a TV Licensing employee of making obscene comments during enquiries at his legally-licence-free home.

Malcolm Hollingsworth, who goes by the name of @MalcTheOracle on Twitter, shared his letter of complaint to TV Licensing with his followers. He has kindly agreed to us reproducing it below:
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Dear TV Licensing,

Today at around 12:25 my day was interrupted by a man who came to my house claiming to work for TV Licensing. Whilst he began to show me evidence of his association he chose to never actual show me any formal ID. However as I have been the subject to a renewed series of harassment by your company in the form of letters with ever increasing threats - I let it pass. The property address is shown at the bottom of this email.

I pointed out the significant harassment that had been forced upon me yet again - the same that has happened for many years. I clearly stated that I find this harassment in all its forms to be egregious and unfounded. I further stated that the need to turn up at my home to determine why I must be liar and thus guilty was an insult.

Despite this I let him into my property which he decided he did not want to do. If he did not need to come to my property why was he actually there at my door stop investigating me for the crime of not buying a TV licence when I do not watch any TV or have a TV connected for such purpose? I insisted if I was being investigated that he should in fact see with his own eyes that no such equipment is in use.

He then left my property exiting the front door. As I start to close the door with standing on my porch he calls me an “ignorant c&*t”. I stopped closing the door, opened it fully and asked him to repeat his abusive language and explain himself. He stated I had slammed the door in his face - an impressive feat of skill given he was not near the door, the door way and in fact stood on my suitably large porch way.

I find the general tactics of TV Licensing to be rude, harassing and asserting of some rights not afforded to you by law. The idea that someone whose only crime it is to not require a TV licence having to suffer increasingly stronger worded letters claiming to be supported in law when many assertions have already been shown at best to be ignorant of the law and at worst legally defined as harassment - is simply shameful.

To be treated as guilty and having to prove one's innocence of a charge of NOT requiring a TV licence constantly is bad enough - but to suffer the indignation of such verbal abuse - is a crime.

The suggestion that all one has to do is repeatedly state they are not a criminal is an abuse of power. The fact that my “property is unlicensed” to use your own words - designates me suitable for investigation.

If I shot someone in front of a police officer, I am still INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty. The law dictates that all people are innocent until a court of their peers proves their guilt, except when it comes to the harassment of those with no requirement for a TV licence - ALL considered GUILTY.

I require a full investigation into the verbal abuse, a letter of apology to the address stated below and the abusive individual to return at an agreed time and date to make a full and unreserved apology in person for his language and behaviour.

Malcolm Hollingsworth
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TV Licensing operations contractor Capita Business Services is responsible for the majority of TV licence administration and enforcement work, which includes the employment of visiting officers (goons) like the one described above.

As Malcolm has provided TV Licensing with full details of the goon's visit, it will not take too long to establish the identity of the rogue employee in question. We do not doubt the goon's affiliation to TV Licensing, be we imagine Capita will plead ignorance. Capita's default setting is to deny any association with goons caught behaving badly, even when the evidence of wrongdoing is overwhelming and irrefutable.

Experience shows that a significant proportion of TV Licensing goons are prepared to tell lies and commit crimes when conducting doorstep enquiries. For that reason we advise anyone who does not legally need a TV licence to ignore TV Licensing completely.

TV Licensing cannot be trusted. Don't make the mistake of falling for its bull and bluster.

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Review of TV Licence Evasion Penalties


The Sentencing Council looks set to review the penalties recommended for those convicted of TV licence evasion.

According to statute, the maximum penalty for the offence of TV licence evasion is a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale, which is currently £1,000 maximum.

However, the current (March 2016) edition of the Council's Magistrates' Court Sentencing Guidelines, available to view here, recommends that Magistrates impose a maximum fine at band B, which is the equivalent of 100% of the offender's recommended weekly income. Unless the offender is very well paid, which is unlikely for a TV licence evader, this band B figure is likely to be far less than the £1,000 theoretical maximum.

Under new proposals, the Council wants the offence of TV licence evasion to be considered more serious when the offender has made no attempt to obtain a licence, has actively tried to evade detection or has an additional subscription TV service.

Council member Jill Gramann said: "Our revision of the guidelines will ensure magistrates in England and Wales have clear guidance using a consistent approach to help them sentence fairly and proportionately.

"We are keen to hear people's views of our proposed changes, whether they are magistrates, others working in the criminal justice system or anyone else with an interest in this area of sentencing."

Around 3,000 people a week are hauled before Magistrates' Courts in England and Wales on TV licence evasion charges. TV licence cases account for around 13% of all court time.

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