Why we're here:
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.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

TV Licensing Quality Research

According to TV Licensing, less than half the adults in the East Midlands claim to have lost their TV remote control in the past 12 months.

Interesting, huh?

The BBC's revenue generation bullies have also been researching the crucially important subject of what people actually call their TV remote controls.

According to TV Licensing most people call their TV remote control a "remote". The term "doofah" comes second, with "zapper" following closely behind in third place.

"Who gives a shit?" I hear you cry. The answer, of course, is no-one. No-one, that is, apart from TV Licensing.

TV Licensing no doubt recognises that cheap, meaningless, uncorroborated statistics are a convenient smokescreen for distributing its real message - "get a TV licence or else" - to feeble-minded local media outlets.

You can pretty much guarantee that the same cheap, meaningless, uncorroborated statistics will be spun to local newspapers across the land over the next few days. Many of these local newspapers, in common with the BBC, have very low editorial standards and will mistakenly accept whatever TV Licensing says as gospel (what a mistake).

Local newspapers love cheap, meaningless, uncorroborated statistics because they are easy reading. As a result, TV Licensing's PR harlots creatively churn out cheap, meaningless, uncorroborated statistics by the truck load.

We have no trouble imagining the following entirely fictional scene in some dimly lit, damp smelling basement.

Enclosed in austere and depressing surroundings, ostracised by the same society they have chosen to turn their backs on, the sharpest minds of TV Licensing PR harlotdom (arguably not a very high benchmark to achieve) are feverishly crunching out their latest batch of mass produced bullshit.

"I've got it", exclaimed an entirely fictional PR harlot with notable dentistry. "We can say that 90% of people prefer to read TV listings in columns instead of rows", he continued.

"We could add that more than half the people in Bognor Regis prefer the feeling of glossy paper between their fingers", he mused.

"Sounds good", replied his entirely fictional bespectacled colleague. "But where are we going to find 1,000 people willing to waste their time completing such a pointless survey?"

Just then, a shrill entirely fictional Northern Irish voice resonated from the darkened, cobwebbed corner of the room. "How many people work in Darwen?", she shrieked.

"Only about 500", came the reply. "But there's at least the same number in Bristol too", the voice concluded.

And so the ingenious (entirely fictional) plan was hatched.

Next week we'll be discussing TV Licensing's fascinating research findings on people's preferred method of cleaning their TV screens. Do they use the circular motion recommended by most TV manufacturers? Or are they a bit more adventurous? All will be revealed.

Whichever method they choose to clean their TV screens they better watch their backs, because TV Licensing's elite squad of crime fighters are poised to mete out severe punishments to anyone caught watching without a TV licence.

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High Court Writ Shows Damning Police and BBC Collusion Over Cliff Raid

A High Court writ, seen by The Sun, details extraordinary claims that the police and BBC colluded over the raiding of Cliff Richard's home.

At the time Sir Cliff, 76, was being investigated as part of Operation Yewtree, but the Crown Prosecution Service later decided to drop the case due to insufficient evidence.

The 26-page writ reveals that South Yorkshire Police took the decision to raid Sir Cliff's Berkshire mansion on 6th August 2014. The following day, 7th August, the police successfully applied for a warrant to search the property. On 13th August the police contacted Dan Johnson, a BBC Crime Correspondent, and told him that the warrant would be executed at 10 am the following morning, 14th August. It is claimed that South Yorkshire Police sent the BBC the property's full address and an aerial photograph.

Sure enough at 10 am on 14th August 2014 a BBC News camera crew was entrenched outside the Sunningdale property. A BBC News helicopter was buzzing overhead, as the developing story was broadcast live on the BBC News channel.

Officers from South Yorkshire Police were accompanied by their local Thames Valley Police colleagues, as they searched the £3.5m property. A South Yorkshire Police press officer, Lesley Card, is accused of giving BBC man Johnson a running commentary of the raid by text message.

Sir Cliff's lawyers have not spared any punches in their attack on South Yorkshire Police and the BBC. According to them, South Yorkshire Police "knowingly facilitated" a story that was "highly intrusive" and "highly damaging" to Sir Cliff.

The BBC is accused of breaching its own editorial guidelines by broadcasting the "humiliating" footage. The writ adds that that BBC acted with "flagrant disregard" for Sir Cliff's privacy and caused him "enormous damage (including reputational damage), dist­ress, humiliation, embar­ras­s­ment, anxiety and upset, entitling him to very substantial damages".

Both South Yorkshire Police and the BBC are expected to contest the claims.

A BBC spokesperson said: "We’ve said previously we are very sorry that Sir Cliff has suffered distress but we have a duty to report on matters of public interest and we stand by our journalism."

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

BBC Inconsistencies, Errors and Omissions

We have recently been reminded of the BBC's rather questionable response to this Freedom of Information request placed via the WhatDoTheyKnow website.

The requestor, Catherine Musgrove, asked the BBC to provide TV Licensing prosecution and conviction statistics for the county of Lancashire in the year 2014.

The BBC refused to provide the information on the grounds that it didn't hold it. In its refusal notice, the BBC stated the following: "Please be advised that the BBC does not hold official statistics on the precise number of people actually prosecuted and convicted of evasion of the Television Licence Fee."

Skip forward six months and something very interesting happened, as spotted by eagle-eyed transparency campaigner Doug Paulley.

The BBC had mistakenly released sensitive information that should have been redacted from the TV Licensing Field Monthly Performance Pack for 2014/15. Doug realised that pages 28 and 29 of that document did, indeed, provide a detailed breakdown of the number of people prosecuted and convicted of TV licence evasion. That's the same information the BBC had earlier denied possession of.

It is difficult to see how the BBC can, on one hand, claim not to hold certain information, yet on the other disclose it to someone else. Unless it wants to pretend that the statistics printed in the Monthly Performance Pack don't count because they are not "official" (although they're clearly official enough for TV Licensing to report them to the BBC).

Was this an example of BBC inconsistency, error, omission, incompetence or inefficiency? On this occasion we do not believe the BBC was deliberately evasive, obstructive or dishonest. If the BBC had intended to keep the information concealed it would have at least attempted to redact it in the Monthly Performance Pack, which it didn't.

We are tending towards inefficiency as an explanation. We know the BBC is grossly inefficient, with five untrained monkeys employed to do the work of a single semi-competent person. The Director General, Tony Hall, is currently trying to streamline the Corporation's management structure and systems, but perhaps he hasn't got as far as Information Policy and Compliance just yet.

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