A comment left on our popular summons post by first-time TV Licensing Blog visitor Badger:
So pleased and relieved to have found your site. I'm now reassured that my original disgust of TV Licensing practise against those who choose not to own a TV or watch live broadcasts, has been justified. Also, that there is a lively blog supporting we harassed individuals who are made to feel like criminals!
I am 67 and have never owned a TV and I don't watch live broadcasts. For countless years I have wearily objected to the effrontery of TVL expecting me to repeatedly explain why I don't need a licence. ALL their letters have been accusational and implied I have been trying to hide information and that I am guilty of some sort of deceitful activity! Therefore, I adopted a bloody-minded attitude from the beginning and decided to ignore the b------s. The latest spat has lasted five months when, after twelve increasingly threatening letters, I received the 'What to expect in court' bollocks on the reverse of which I see the misleading subterfuge goes on...." Remember; even if you do not own a TV, under the Communications Act 2003, you still need to be covered by a licence if you watch or record TV on any device...." Once again, they conveniently omit the proviso, only if you watch LIVE broadcasts or watch programmes as they are being shown!
As I've had no visit to check my property for offending 'receiving apparatus', I guess my 'summons' appears to be for a refusal to reply to their letters. That will really stand up in court!
Even though the TVL are such pathetic muppets, I wonder how many misled folk are worried by these bully-boy tactics and are frightened into needlessly buying a licence?
This scare mongering is, I would have thought, verging on the illegal and must surely be considered as intimidation?!
Many thanks for your forum and keep up the good work of exposing the nasty tactics of TVL!
It's our absolute pleasure Badger and thank you for going to the trouble of leaving such a well-composed comment.
Discrediting TV Licensing is as easy as shooting rats drowning in a barrel of piss.