Scrap the BBC TV Licence. £145.50 per year to fund child abuse, tax avoidance and other dirty secrets.

The Jimmy Savile Child Abuse Allegations

Is the BBC licence fee good value for money? The reputation of the BBC, once considered to be the “greatest broadcaster in the world”, has now hit rock bottom. The recent allegations of child abuse by Jimmy Savile spanning back decades is surely the last nail in the BBC’s coffin?

The fact that the British public are legally responsible to fork out £145.50 a year to fund the BBC is scandalous in the wake of these recent revelations. Of course, the Beeb require the licence fee to survive but how do you feel when you pay them your hard earned £145.50 every twelve months? A TV licence is required by every household in the UK under the Communications Act 2003 if live TV is being watched on Freeview, Sky, Virgin, BT Vision, live internet streaming or by any other means.

If you were buying a TV licence whilst Jimmy Savile was working at the BBC you were technically funding child abuse. Can the Communications Act 2003 be enforced in the wake of these serious and disturbing allegations? Even now, you are still funding the fallout of the situation as the BBC’s legal costs will surely be considerable.

Many people are now boycotting the licence fee in protest of the current scandals within the organisation. There are a number of websites suddenly appearing appealing the the public to boycott the BBC and its compulsory “TV tax”.

It’s not just child abuse allegations that make a mockery of the license fee, the fact that many of the BBC’s highest paid stars have been involved in aggressive tax avoidance.

For example, Anne Robinson paid £280,000 to a Jersey based scheme to avoid income tax on a whopping £4,000,000. Other high profile BBC presenters such as Fiona Bruce and Jeremy Paxman have also been involved in tax avoidance techniques. The BBC has admitted to paying over 6,000 employees as companies to avoid the high rates of personal income tax and paying corporation tax at a lower rate. Whilst this is perfectly legal, the morality of such practices has to be questioned. To be fair to Jeremy Paxman, he claimed that he was forced into the arrangement by the BBC.

The icing on the cake is that the Director General, George Entwistle, resigned just 54 days after his appointment. Despite serving less than two months in the job he will receive a full years pay of £450,000 and a pension fund of £877,000.

This is all being paid for from your £145.50 licence fee. Do you still think the BBC licence fee is good value for money?

Another waste of the licence fee is the underhand and aggressive tactics of Capita/TV Licensing. Unlicensed properties receive intimidating letters on a monthly basis to scare people into buying a TV licence whether they need one or not. A small percentage of households do not watch live TV and use catchup services such as BBCi player, ITV Player and 4OD to watch content that has already been aired. Despite this, they are continuously bombarded with letters which can only be described as harassment.

At some point, unlicensed properties will be visited by a TV Licence “Enforcement Officer”. These so called officers are nothing more than salespeople after their £20 commission for each person they bully into buying a TV licence. If you do not legally require a TV licence they will not leave you alone until an “enforcement officer” enters your home to inspect your TV to ensure that it cannot receive live TV pictures. To the best of my knowledge these salespeople are not CRB checked. Would you allow a random stranger into your house not knowing if they have a criminal past?

If you genuinely do not require a licence then this YouTube clip is the best way to deal with TV Licensing.

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If you do decide to engage in conversation with the TV licensing salesman be aware that in the past these people have been known to falsify evidence to use against you in court. There has also been a case of an “inspector” assaulting a member of the public. Just remember that you are not obliged to talk to them, sign anything or let them into you home. They have no more power than a paperboy or postman.

Maybe it’s time for the BBC to become a commercial broadcaster. Let the corporate world fund their future calamities.