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Sunday, 28 December 2014

TV Licence Cancellation Statistics

The BBC has just released information about the number of TV licence cancellations since the financial year 2001/02.

The information, which was disclosed in a Freedom of Information response to WhatDoTheyKnow.com user Mr Richard White, shows a generally upwards trend in the number of TV licence cancellations until 2011/12, which is followed by a slight decline in the number of cancellations after that. 

The number of licences issued has steadily increased over the same period of time, from around 23.2 million in 2001/02 to 25.6 million in 2014/15 (projected). Using a combination of those two values we have been able to calculate the percentage of TV licences cancelled in each financial year, which is slightly more meaningful than the number of cancellations alone.

Financial Year Cancellations Licences in Force % Cancellation
2001/2002 678,712 23,157,215 2.9
2002/2003 686,600 23,485,613 2.9
2003/2004 725,926 23,898,749 3.0
2004/2005 810,338 24,161,532 3.4
2005/2006 897,997 24,418,757 3.7
2006/2007 972,069 24,545,516 4.0
2007/2008 1,000,073 24,740,047 4.0
2008/2009 989,680 24,871,994 4.0
2009/2010 1,017,876 24,963,799 4.1
2010/2011 1,030,837 25,103,079 4.1
2011/2012 1,048,889 25,226,072 4.2
2012/2013 1,017,340 25,338,330 4.0
2013/2014 945,750 25,460,801 3.7
2014/2015 915,042 25,568,000 3.6

Note that projected values are shown for the financial year 2014/15.


Towards the middle of the financial year 2012/13 the BBC was rocked by the revelation that Jimmy Savile, a former television and radio presenter, had sexually abused dozens of children during his time at the Corporation. Despite massive public outcry at the time, it would now appear that very few people actually cancelled their TV licences in protest at the BBC's handling of the Savile scandal.

Perhaps a few more people will cancel when Dame Janet Smith publishes her final report, which will undoubtedly reveal the true extent of Savile's crimes and exactly what the BBC knew about them.

2 comments:

Ray said...

The problem is that the BBC is too deeply ingrained, as an exercise in brainwashing it has to be one of the most successful ever. Which it why it is so dangerous, as are all the other media outlets, which despite not having the drug like adhesion of the BBC are all now telling us what to think on every subject in our lives.
They are and should be considered as dangerous as politicians with whom they share such low approval ratings.

TheKnightsShield said...

"Perhaps a few more people will cancel when Dame Janet Smith publishes her final report, which will undoubtedly reveal the true extent of Savile's crimes and exactly what the BBC knew about them."

Savile wasn't the only sick-in-the-head person who worked for the BBC and committed those types of crimes in the 60's and 70's, so will Dame Janet Smith's report mention any of the other people who have been arrested and convicted?! If not, then why?! Child phedophilia/sexula abuse is child phedophilia/child abuse, it doesn't matter who was more prolific: it's not a flippin' competion!!