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Thursday, 14 August 2014

TV Licensing Visiting Procedures


The TV Licensing Visiting Procedures is a hefty document that governs the conduct of TV Licensing enquiries.

In theory every TV Licensing goon should know and understand the contents of this document. In practice we regularly see examples of goons ignorant of the rules, particularly with regard to photography/videoing and the Withdrawal of Implied Rights of Access (WOIRA).

The BBC has released a redacted version of the document on several previous occasions and we have been amiss in not sharing it. You can view the redacted TV Licensing Visiting Procedures here.

Notwithstanding the cannibalised nature of the redacted version, it still serves as a useful reminder about the expected conduct of TV Licensing goons. The unredacted document is also available if you know where to look.

8 comments:

steven a man said...

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Geoff said...

Perhaps the unredacted version will turn up on Wikileaks one day?

admin said...

No problem at all steven a man. We're happy to accept all links and can't really control where they come from.

Anonymous said...

Not sure whether you've ever uploaded the unredacted versions ref SW's? If not, perhaps it's time, as it's out in the open now.

admin said...

We've not uploaded the unredacted version, but they know we have them because we've quoted redacted parts back to them in FOIA requests.

We're keeping our powder dry for the moment.

Anonymous said...

Can't really see the sense in "keeping powder dry" as the unredacted version is no longer a closely guarded Crapita/BBC secret. "they" know it's out in the public domain so........

Anonymous said...

I moved to a new flat where the previous tenant had a tv licence but they stopped paying before they leave. Since i have moved in about 3 months i have been receiving their letters addressed to my address with attention to legal occupier lol i never got in contact with them till today tv licence inspector popped up at my house questing me why i dont have tv licence and i said dont need one because i watch only recorded programmes on demand then he said you receive a signal i replied no i have smart tv all it need is broadband no bloody signal then requested to check my tv i refused then said another inspector will come to check and you will be informed earlier by letter on what date and time.. Fact is i have connected lead to arial but i dont watch bbc only channels i watch Ch4 or itv1 i have android box where i stream world tv channels then why do i have to pay for something i dont use.. they can stop broadcast bbc in my house or encrypt it then the problem is solved... Now i dont know if to keep refusing their access in future or just pay because my wife need no stress from another idiots ... Any advice

Admin said...

A TV licence is needed if you watch or record from any UK TV channel - that includes ITV and C4. If you fall within that category then you should really get a TV licence.

By leaving an aerial connected you are storing up potential problems in the future, suppose they do somehow gain entry to your property (not that we advise letter them in voluntarily).

There is no way the BBC can block its signals entering your home, but even if they could it's irrelevant if you're watching another TV channel.