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 TV programmes, or to watch or download on-demand programmes via the BBC iPlayer, then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Get Your Violins Out: More TV Licensing Sob Stories

TV Licensing goons were attacked over 300 times in the last three years, according to news recently disseminated by its PR harlots.

Of course, as those figures were released by TV Licensing, which has a nasty habit of bending the truth, they probably aren't very accurate and there is certainly no way of verifying them. Even if those figures were accurate, highly unlikely as that is, we can be entirely confident that TV Licensing's definition of an assault is different to most people's.

In the past we have seen TV Licensing goons falsely screaming assault over the most trivial of verbal disagreements. We'd also highlight the fact that several former TV Licensing goons have used that employment to facilitate their depraved crimes - convicted paedophile Daniel Lishman and convicted rapist Gary Catterick immediately spring to mind.

Let us just assume, for one hypothetical moment, that TV Licensing is correct with its claim of 300 goon assaults in the last 3 years. According to a current TV Licensing threatogram its goons knock on around 10,000 doors every day. That would equate to around 10,950,000 TV Licensing visits in a 3 year period, which works out at one goon assault for every 36,500 visits (or 0.003 percent if you prefer).

TV Licensing would claim, quite rightly, that even one goon assault was one too many. However, do not be under the misapprehension that every door-knocking TV Licensing goon is walking around with a halo and angel wings, as they most certainly are not. Such a modest assault rate is perhaps surprising given that some TV Licensing goons appear to be actively seeking confrontation.

Official ONS statistics for the year up to 30th September 2017 puts the violent crime rate in England and Wales at 26 crimes per 1,000 members of the population, which equates to a violent crime rate of 0.036 percent.

In other words, the average person in the street is more than 10 times as likely to be the victim of a violent crime than the average TV Licensing goon knocking on doors. Spookily enough, TV Licensing forgot to mention those statistics.

Remember the golden rule: TV Licensing cannot be trusted and should be totally ignored. If you are confronted by one of these pariahs the best thing is to say nothing and close the door. TV Licensing goons are to be pitied rather than assaulted.

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

TV Licence Fee to Increase

The BBC TV licence fee is set to increase.

A 12-month colour TV licence currently costs £147. This will increase to £150.50 from 1st April 2018. The cost of a monochrome (black & white) TV licence will increase from £49.50 to £50.50.

A TV licence is needed for any property where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programmes at the same time as they are broadcast to other members of the general public. Additionally, from 1st September 2016, a TV licence is required for any property where equipment is installed or used to watch or download BBC on-demand programmes (e.g. via the BBC iPlayer).

Anyone buying a new or renewing an existing TV licence before 1st April will be charged the current annual fee.

We remind readers that there are many legally-licence-free alternatives to buying a TV licence. A licence is not required to watch videos on a streaming site like YouTube, nor is one required to watch programmes using a non-BBC on-demand service like ITV Hub, All4, My5, Netflix or Amazon Prime.

There has never been a better time to cancel your TV licence and starve a BBC deviant.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

BBC Slammed Over Wake Up Payments

The cold, dark, winter mornings makes getting out of bed difficult at the best of times, but the experience is being financially softened for thousands of early-rising BBC employees.

The BBC has confirmed that more than 4,500 journalists and production staff working on early morning programmes receive special unpredictability payments of up to £5,462 for their troubles.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said: "The BBC is offering perks and privileges that are unavailable to anyone else in the public or private sector. Hard-pushed doctors and nurses have to work all hours, and if work needs to be done in the private sector it has to be done irrespective of the time of day.

"The problem is that the BBC does not live in a commercial world and it does not have to because it is totally funded by £4 billion of taxpayers' money."

One former employee, who did not want to be identified, explained how bosses would sometimes top up employees' salaries with the payments, irrespective of whether they had worked anti-social hours or not. "We used to call them payments for getting out of bed. It was ridiculous", he added.

John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "This shows the BBC has still not got a grip on its bloated and byzantine payment systems.

"Licence-fee payers want their money to be spent responsibly, not given out in opaque payments like this.

"People who go the extra mile in the public sector should be rewarded through merit-based remuneration, but these unpredictability payments seem open to abuse."

Not surprisingly, the BBC has defended the payments.

A BBC spokesman said: "It's impossible to broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week without employing people to work through the nights, and sometimes shifts change at short notice.

"Like most organisations we reflect this in our pay structure. However, we're always looking to make savings and the unpredictability allowance has come down by over £11 million since 2009."

The obvious answer to us is to abolish these payments altogether, making it quite clear to new employees that they are obliged to work their hours according to the requirements of the BBC. If they don't like those terms of employment, they are free to seek an alternative elsewhere.

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