ADVICE ON EXTORTION RACKETS: WHEN THE TV LICENSE COMES CALLING…

This is what the BBC are expecting you to pay for – Jimmy Savile and George Entwistle’s golden parachute.

Putting things into perspective…

The over-inflated blimp known as the BBC has long sold off its TV License collection business to Captia Ltd and others, to carry out that dirty job of extorting hundreds of pounds from peaceful citizens in order to make programs people don’t like and don’t watch, and to pay millions to people like Jonathan Ross – and Jimmy Savile.

Worse yet, the BBC paid off their outgoing DG George Entwistle to the tune of GBP 450,000 ++ for just 55 days work. Remember: ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know’. Great if you have a ticket on that gravy train, but if you don’t, then you are expected to pay your 140 quid – and shut up.

Now the plebs are seriously pissed off…

They claim he resigned because of Newsnight’s vs Lord McApline and the leak that wasn’t, but in reality, that money was paid to keep him quiet about what he really knew, while the BBC drags its heals ‘investigating itself’ on its cover-up.

TV License is a register trademark of the BBC, but they have almost franchised it out – for a profit one would hope, to their esteemed private partners.

One thing is certain, they are counting on the public to be stupid in order to make this bad deal work.

So when Capita Ltd or another private outfit come threatening you with a massive fine or a jail sentence if you don’t pay, do remember your rights. By definition, if a limited company come to your door demanding money for a service you don’t use, that can be viewed as soliciting. The fines and jail threats appear to be excessive, when you consider how the TV license deal is currently structured. Is solicitation, backed by threats, legal in Britain?

What’s a license anyway?

Also, to concept of a “license” infers that if you don’t hold one, then you are operating illegally. There is nothing “illegal” under common law about operating a TV without a license. You can only be nailed in a statutory, or ‘administrative’ court – not for breaking the law, but for violating corporate policy. They need to sort out this grey area or this thing just won’t work.

Here’s novel idea for the BBC: what if people were happy to pay? Maybe Auntie needs to consider how they can  achieve that, instead of relying on coercion, and intimidation. Maybe it’s time to live up to that lofty mantle of “Public Broadcaster” and allow the public access to its airwaves, or even allow the public onto the BBC Trust’s board. What, is that too risky? Don’t trust the public?

Let us know your thoughts below…

It’s up to you to know where you stand on this issue, but when the TV inspector comes calling, remember that you have choices.

Here’s one man exercising his… Watch:

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5 Responses to “ADVICE ON EXTORTION RACKETS: WHEN THE TV LICENSE COMES CALLING…”

  1. John Bossano Says:

    There is a myth around that they have TV detector equipment. Whilst it is true that old fashioned CRT TVs can be detected electronically, they equipment simply does not work for flat screen TVs due to the way they function, therefore they cannot prove you have a TV if you do not let them in. Only the police can enter your property provided they have a search warrant, but they would have to have some evidence that you have a TV in order to do this.

  2. John Bossano Says:

    In theory you are supposed to have a TV Licence even if you don’t have a TV, if you watch live TV on a PC or mobile phone for example. I would be interested to know if this has actually been tested in the courts, as I am not convinced that it can legally be enforced. I am not talking about TV sticks that pick up an actual broadcast signal, but internet TV. Internet TV is not broadcast TV, but multicast, which is technically different.

  3. MikeM Says:

    The ‘TV Licence’ is for receiving live broadcasts. You can legally own a TV and play Xbox games or watch DVD’s, for example. The problem is, the ‘database’ that the BBC/Capita/TV Licensing own is simply just a database of all the properties and homes in the UK. If an address flags up as having not payed the BBC then a salesperson will pop round eventually (yes, the BBC’s/Capita’s ‘enforcement’ unit are made up of salespeople with no legal powers). It is, however, more economical for the BBC to send monthly threat letters which have no legal weight as most people will cave in to that and pay. The TV ‘detection’ thing is utter nonsense… the real ‘detection’ is when their database has flagged up you haven’t paid or some TV Licensing goon pops round and spots a flicker through the window or hears the TV outside your house.

    The whole thing is a scam and no other broadcaster has the guts to expose the BBC for what they really are.

    • 21st Century Wire Says:

      The point is – it’s not law they’re enforcing – it’s CORPORATE POLICY, which they can just make up as they go along… in the end, you have to consent to let them in (like Vampires, and the devil), and you have to volunteer information to them. Otherwise, they’re out of luck – and will move on to find a softer target.

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