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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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

TV Licensing Dealer Notification: An Important Reminder


Yesterday a Facebook reader got in touch with us to complain that he was refused the sale of a TV set when he declined to give his details for TV Licensing purposes.

According to him, the incident happened a few days ago at a Currys store in Shrewsbury. He is certain he was told the information was for TV Licensing rather than warranty purposes. The store assistant may have been wrong about that, but the damage was already done and he decided to take his business elsewhere.

Readers are reminded that there is no longer any legal requirement for retailers to report the sale or lease of TV receiving equipment to TV Licensing. No retailer should be harvesting data on behalf of TV Licensing as there are clear data protection implications by doing so. You can read more about this in an earlier post.

Anyone challenged to provide information for TV Licensing should refuse to do so and instead take their business to a more responsible retailer.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

TV Licensing Target Students Using Orwellian Propaganda


TV Licensing is currently circulating these leaflets to student households.

In a throwback to George Orwell's classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the message seems to be that Big Brother is always watching.

If you receive one of these, just remember that most of TV Licensing's claims are complete and utter bullshit. The reason TV Licensing churns out its noxious correspondence, is because it is far easier to scare people into compliance - irrespective of their legal need for a TV licence - than it is to catch evaders.

TV Licensing has no business with anyone that doesn't legally require a TV licence. Anyone in that situation should immediately put TV Licensing's letters in the bin and close the door on any TV Licensing goon that calls.

Nobody should make the mistake of engaging with TV Licensing. It is a thoroughly dishonest and unscrupulous organisation. TV Licensing employees should not be trusted.

We would encourage students to read our "Student Guide to TV Licence Rules" article for the complete picture that TV Licensing would never paint.

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Sunday, 20 August 2017

TV Licensing Origami


In 2014 TV Licensing took the radical step of ditching paper TV licences for customers renewing automatically via Direct Debit.

The move, we were told at the time, would save about £5m in costs until the end of 2016. At the time it cost the BBC almost £100m a year to administer and enforce the TV licence fee (as an aside, it cost only £82m last year so savings have clearly been made).

TV Licensing PR harlot Stephen Farmer said: "We're always looking to find savings in order to deliver better value for the licence-fee payer.

"By not issuing the annual paper licence to Direct Debit customers TV Licensing will have saved around £5m from the start of the initiative to Charter Renewal in 2016. Those customers won't require a paper licence until 2016 as we know their property is correctly licensed and their payment plans won't change until then."

Over the last few months TV Licensing has been having another big push towards paperless TV licences. In an ironic twist the BBC's revenue generation bullies have sent out millions of extra pieces of paper, most of it in expensive glossy leaflet format, promoting the virtues of going paperless.


One of the advantages of going paperless, according to TV Licensing, is that you'd be able to turn your paper TV licence into a swan. Of course you'd still need a paper TV licence to fold into the swan, so quite how it saves paper is a bit of a mystery.

It's been a slow month for TV Licensing news, as you might have noticed from the recent frequency of our articles!

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