No Licence Fee Increase in 2011

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RebelSouls | 19:52 Thu 16th Sep 2010 | News
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The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is pleased with the proposal. Some people are easly pleased scrap the Licence Fee and let those who like the BBC pay to view.
Problem solved and everyone is happy.


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We're not the only Country who have some sort of TV licence but I'd be happy for the licence fee to go subscription only but and this is a big but...only if they could guarantee that those who don't pay don't get access to the following

BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, BBC Parliament, CBBC and CBeebies;

The five network radio services, and digital radio services BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 7, BBC 6 Music and BBC Asian Network;

Regional television programmes and Local Radio services in England;

National radio and television in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the BBC Red Button, BBC Mobile and any BBC website (

With regards to the guy in the paper he gets two generic letters a year asking if his circumstances have changed hardly harassment and why go to the paper 3 months after the last one was sent?
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BBC world service is funded by the government so will that be ok

Outside the UK, the BBC World Service has provided services by direct broadcasting and re-transmission contracts by sound radio since the inauguration of the BBC Empire Service in December 1932, and more recently by television and online. Though sharing some of the facilities of the domestic services, particularly for news and current affairs output, the World Service has a separate Managing Director, and its operating costs are funded mainly by direct grants from the UK government. These grants are determined independently of the domestic licence fee.
Not sure what the old man's problem is. Surely you just put the letters in the bin. Simples.
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Jan have you read some of the letters
Yes, seen them before. If I didn't have a tv I would just ignore and let them get on with it.
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When you are an OAP with bad nerves and you find someone peeping through your back garden window it can be very unsettling.
// When you are an OAP with bad nerves and you find someone peeping through your back garden window it can be very unsettling. //

Ok you've made me feel guilty now. I'll stop doing it.

Do you have any idea how pathetic you are?

The law is, if you have a television you must have a license. 30million+ people are able to grasp that concept, but you seem to not understand it. If you do not have a television, you can ignore any letters enquiring about your change of circumstances. You only need to worry and bleat enlessly if you are breaking the law.
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Good point Helen!
I think the license fee is fantastic value for money - it'd still be good value at double the price.
We used to have a television licence fee in the 1960s and early 70s in Australia.

However our government realised that everyone would have a television and licencing them was an utterly pointless exercise in bureaucracy that simply wasted money collecting and policing.

We fund our ABC from general revenue. If the British parliamentary representatives could assemble a brain among them they would come to the same conclusion and scrap the stupid fee.
ludwig // When you are an OAP with bad nerves and you find someone peeping through your back garden window it can be very unsettling. //
As that would be my bedroom window they'd soon run away...........
I'm quite happy to pay my licence fee...good value for money, especially considering cinema prices even with the OAP reduction.
Make it pay for view and it no longer fulfils the role it is supposed to. It'll be another pap & ratings chasing channel, no different to the rest, and no benefit to the country. It's raison d'être lost.

A more sensible idea. Scrap the licence fee and its associated problems & costs with collection and enforcement, and its opportunity to persecute those without a TV: fund it out of general taxation instead.

Problem solved and everyone is happy.
Having seen what Murdoch charges for his Sky programs I think we are getting a good deal.

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