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Ban The TV Licence

49 Comments 4th June 2016

Ban the TV licence.

Why does this matter?

It’s important because people should have access to media without having to pay a fee.

The BBC can raise revenue through advertising.

You can watch the BBC in the USA free of charge, so why are the Brits supporting this?

To pay people like Jonathon Ross obscene salaries, that even life saving surgeons cannot earn.

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49 Responses to Ban The TV Licence

  1. Saj Bashir says:

    Of course it’s a good idea, especially at a time when we are being advised to “tighten our belts”. Let’s face it, it’s ridiculous that we should still have to pay the T.V licence when most people can access all channels on one form of device or another without the use of their television. Add to this the fact that there are many examples on the net of evidence that the “corporation” doesn’t even need the money made from payers to function as a viable business and you come to the conclusion that it is another form of government backed taxation. When will the Beeb realise that their programmes, far from justifying the cost of the licence, only serve to fuel peoples frustration at paying for the same old generic soap operas, childish “scientific” shows and banal repeats etc.

  2. Richard Matthews says:

    Good idea. I rarely watch TV because I have no interest in most of poor quality programmes broadcast and watching endless repeats… yet I am charged a significant amount of money every year just to own a TV.
    I would much prefer to subscribe to channels that interest me and purchase films individually.

  3. J Kershaw says:

    the BBC is so left wing and not afraid to show it so why should I fund a left wing organisation on pain of a prison sentance if I refuse to pay? It is against my Human Rights

  4. chris says: technically we have all been paying the people for doing this, not just rolf but every1 thats been found out so far.. and i for 1 think its damn wrong and have stopped paying any licence fee.. i just wonder how this excuse will go when they take me to court for non payment of the licence fee

  5. william says:

    ban the tv licence david cameron now

  6. mac says:

    Why should we pay a licence fee to the BBC. They are just another television company. All the others have to fund themselves. The BBC is no better than others, so in this day of fair competition they should also have to fund themselves.

  7. SID says:

    its only chump change and gives you so much…
    40 p a day… and probably less if there was no breaking the law…i.e. no need for TV detectors.
    Do you really want something like the US
    for that matter if it were not more expensive to process bring back dog licenses and this will fund and make sure animal welfare operations.

    • thisispish says:

      why should anyone have to pay for something they dont want

      • Keith says:

        We all pay for ITV and other commercial stations through the goods and services that we buy. Your argument that the BBC should fund itself doesn’t stop you paying for it, you will just fund it but through buying advertised goods.

    • jordan says:

      I agree… it is a great TV station sometimes. However there are lots of great things I cannot afford. So why am I forced to pay the TV Licence Fee? In the days when money wasn’t so tight for everyone. No food banks and child poverty. No zero hour contracts. Then this wouldn’t be so bad. But all these things are happening to millions in the UK and paying the BBC cannot alleviate these problems. Therefore they are only adding to the problem.

      If you like the BBC then you pay for it! But if you don’t, then why should we be forced to pay for it for you! People like you are giving the BBC the power to take away our rights and brand innocent people as criminals just to watch TV. I would rather pay extra to the NHS. At least we get a life saving service for everyone. What does the BBC give back to me?

      Just make it fair. Scramble the signal and let who wants to pay for it, pay for it. If you don’t pay you can’t watch it. SIMPLE!

    • John says:

      I want to watch Sky and Netflix, that’s why I pay the fees, I don’t want to watch the BBC why should I be forced to pay the fee? It’s like shopping at Tesco but having to pay ASDA for not shopping there.

  8. Jack says:

    Make the BBC a voluntary subscription service (like Sky and other TV services). Ban TVL enforcement. Im sure the BBC would survive just fine, and if some reason they cannot survive without bullying and coercing people into paying for their services, then frankly they don’t deserve to exist in the first place.

  9. mysticann says:

    Ban the TV licence fee. All they do is brainwash the public. Also this organisation is run by a small minority religion and it is unacceptable that one religion should control the BBC.

  10. jane says:

    The BBC is no longer a british broadcasting corporation representing the white majority. If it is so pro immigration – or rather pro Anglo-Indian, then it should be self funding. Maybe licence payers should be funding ITV instead.

    • cam says:

      The BBC has never represented the white majority, it represented the citizens of Britain, and it still does, but now that includes non-whites.

  11. Tony says:

    They call the people on benefits,but they still want there money. SCUM old fashioned,out of date,yanks get it for free can you imagine if they tried to make them pay a fee,they would run them out of town

  12. George bentham says:

    I feel that there is enough strength of opinion now on this subject to consider a “e -debate” I understand that if you get 10.000 signatures it can be debated in parliament.(not sure if our elected reps would follow our views) but I do feel strongly that in these increasingly hard times a mandatory”viewing tax” is unsustainable.Not withstanding the been is planning a pay per view service that won’t be available to license layers. It’s becoming a farce.

  13. ernie says:

    The answer to this is quite simple, the BBC should introduce an encrypted service, and if you pay, you can watch, and if you don’t want it , don’t pay

  14. thisispish says:

    why should anybody pay for this organisation hope it goes bust

  15. casa says:

    We should be able to choose if we want bbc channels. Why are we FORCED TO HAVE THEM? This is a democracy. The government use this as a tstealth revenue. They would charge a licence for reading books in our own homes if they could.

  16. donald says:

    Ban The TV Licence Fee why don’t the BBC scramble there signal so if you want to watch it you have to pay for a decoder box
    like SKY

  17. William Adams says:

    Get over the idea that there is such a thing as a free lunch. I subscribe to sky (for the benefit of my daughters) to the tune of FORTY odd pounds a month. Just cancelled the movies saving Sixteen pounds per month. Even though it is broken, battered and bashed from the lobbying of other money grabbing media interests the BBC still manages to out perform the rest in quality for a fraction of the cost. BBC television, radio, online all for just under forty pence per day. No movies, no sport, family package with sky just costs under ninety pence per day.
    The BBC produced and produces still, world class broadcasting and it’s enemies are many. When it ceases to exist what will be the price of your entertainment? Murdoch and the multitude of media companies will set your price and their profits at present are in the hundreds of millions of pounds per year. The cost of the license is hard for the poor but they will have nothing in the future that is affordable.

  18. Dave Hodgson says:

    Many years ago when we were struggling to bring up a young family, we agreed to sell the telly when the licence fee was due.

    We lived happily without the TV for 9 months and didn’t miss it but then the kids started to need certain things that were on TV as part of their school lessons.

    I bought another TV and a new licence. Within a couple of weeks the TV licencing people wrote to me telling me that they had noticed my error and had helpfully stolen 9 months licence fee by re-setting the expiry date of my new licence.

    I think they are all scum, perhaps they are recruited from ex parking wardens?.

  19. Marilyn Caster says:

    Ban the TV license it’s not worth the money. Most of the programmes are rubbish reality.

  20. Tom Walsh says:

    I pay for sky TV because I choose to watch it, and yet I still have to pay the BBC when I don’t watch it.BBC Should not be funded by the public it is not a government company so why should be funded by the people The BBC need to learn how to be a business and not a charity sponging off the people of this country .

  21. Martin Williams says:

    I don’t believe that the BBC puts out superior programmes compared to other stations, its all the same old rubbish all the others are screening.
    I would certainly support a ban on the TVL.

  22. Sammy says:

    We pay for our tvs,we pay for our electric, if they want charge us for tv license let them pay for our electric and tvs,advertising show’s nothing but rubbish I wouldn’t bother even watching adverts!

  23. Andy says:

    What happened to the right to choose the BBC put out weak programmes I can’t remember the last time I watched it the only thing I can see is fat cats getting richer the radio one disc jockeys over paid well they all are. We are paying for their jolly outings to festivals having a blast in Ibiza as they were celebrating so many years out there who cares,if people want to watch and listen to crap let them pay for that service.
    How much influence does the bbc have over the government? No public sector pay rises every thing is cut to the bone yet this out dated service is funded by the people get rid.

  24. patrick says:

    STOP AND BAN the TV license just put adverts on the BBC shows TV license isn’t worth the money. Most of the programmes are rubbish.

  25. John says:

    The BBC should be subjected to a criminal investigation with regard to the history of child-abuse by some of its employees and the way in which the Corporation failed to reprimand abusers but instead covered the whole thing up.

    Expecting the conscientious public to fund such a Corporation must be a breach of their rights.

    The BBC fails to meet the quality standards that it is renowned for. Modern BBC comedies are terribly bland, 9pm signifies the beginning of automatic gratuitous “swearathon”, the news is biased and sensationalist with poor coverage of UK affairs, Eastenders has always been a sub-standard programme, only England has local radio stations, presenters can not pronounce British place names, the News Channel try to “grab” news first and then find themselves contradicting what they reported a few hours ago because they broadcast something which was entirely inaccurate, they are too inward looking – always talking about themselves, and they think that newsreaders make good presenters of other programmes. I could go on…

    Many different companies now produce television and radio programmes in the UK. Forcing the television viewing public to fund one of them (BBC) seems a little odd and is outdated. In fact it was outdated as soon as independent television began.

    The non-payment of the TV Licence prompts a rather threatening stream of communication from TV Licensing even when the recipient of this communication has broken no laws.

    The Police do not contact every person who does not hold a firearms licence stating that they must have one, so why do TV Licensing have the freedom to accuse people of law-breaking with regard to such a relatively trivial matter?

    The whole TV Licensing system and the BBC needs a rethink. Based on the fact that however a person watches or listens to BBC programmes uses electricity to do so, perhaps the BBC and other broadcasters could be partially funded via the electricity bill? Or even fairer, the BBC could fund itself through advertising?

    Finally, please update this website as it pulls me up on spelling words the British way (such as “programmes” and “licence”).


  26. CAS says:

    The BBC is not value for money. I rarely watch it or make use of any of its services and yet I have money stolen from my pocket to fund this propaganda-broadcasting machine. There was a time when the BBC was a very good thing, but times have moved on and it now belongs in the past. If I want to watch the handful of decent programs the BBC has ever produced then I will happily pay for an online subscription. If you don’t pay the license fee then you are pestered by officials as if you are some sort of criminal, it’s rather like paying protection racket money to gangsters. The license fee goes against all free-market principles and the only reason the hypocrisy of the establishment maintains it is so they can bore us with their pathetic social-engineering propaganda. ‘Bore’ that is if you can be bothered to watch it in a futile effort to get your money’s worth. Scrap the TV license, yes, absolutely.

  27. Jeanna says:

    Absolutely ban TV licenses
    This is a tax that prevents freedom of rights
    If they need money start adverts between programmes like all the other companies
    We have to put up with there adverts for programmes wether we want them between programmes or not
    So they are advertising anyway

  28. Dave says:

    All you people are complaining about the BBC however now the Tv License is everything from a smart phone to a Tv anything you can receive a Tv signal on or watch any Tv show/film it’s ridiculous just another scheme to make money out of the working class and don’t get me started on council tax government is a joke

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  30. brian kerr says:

    Scrap the tv licence. I paid for my tv; i pay my electric. I will not be told that i need to pay them to watch it. I don’t watch any of their crap and the harrasement has to stop. I thought we had human rights in this country. This us legalized extortion.

    • Phil Senior says:

      All involuntary taxation is legalised extortion. Centralised government is the real problem, and it won’t get any better until we all devolve into Community-sized (human-sized) provinces. Only then perhaps will we have some say in what we pay for and why.

  31. Richard lawrance says:

    Why should we pay the pigs in the trough if we want it we will pay like the good Chan led we pay for

  32. Phil Senior says:

    At one time it was put about that the licence fee paid for BBC programmes – and people of course believed it. Now it’s clear that the fee is simply an entertainment tax – a significant contribution to the Exchequer for funding whatever the government deems is in our interest(!). Scrap it.

  33. Jonathan R says:

    I have no problem with having to pay the license to watch BBC. But you should be allowed to view other live channels without a license.

  34. GSXR says:

    Someone has to pay the expense of those spending all that time in the best places, best hotels reporting on holiday destinations. Swanning around Europe reporting on the EU Brexit attitudes. (Govt response to ban licence petition) ‘Revenue from the TV licence fee is also used to fund other services such as Welsh broadcaster S4C and infrastructure projects such as the delivery of superfast broadband.’ Superfast Broadband? FOR who? So are we going to get superfast broadband included with the fee? Not without the fee costing twice what it already does for those that choose it. Maybe if there was a package we could choose whether or not to have it.

  35. G.Squire. says:

    There is so much of the BBCs own advertising including the stupid trailer for ‘Sportsnight’ where the sound cuts out and the ‘roll on the patchy screen’ and place a grey haired man in front of it to mumble about how the game would have gone better if someone had kicked the ball the other way and the excessive football and the repeats and all that American trash that no one would notice if they put in commercial advertising like ITV.

  36. Richard lawrance says:

    If I want the BBC I would pay for it ban the fee or subscribe for it

  37. Mr A S Hole says:

    scrap the licence, if the BBC had to stand on its own 2 feet then i would not mind how much some presenters earned as its not out of my pocket
    sky tv and others like them you have to pay twice to watch

  38. Pete says:

    I’m not debating if the BBC output is worth 0.40 pence per day no doubt it is, but the problem is that a small amount of people do not want tv broadcasts and get harrased by BBC capita and are classed as tv licence evaders. The BBC should now be made to go encryption service if you want live TV you pay if you don’t want it you don’t pay, simple fair and logical way to fund the BBC, also saving the BBC millions in tracking down the so called evaders. But that isn’t going to happen is it, the gravy tv licence train runs thick and any thought of disrupting the influx of cash to these fat overpaid buggers will be avoided at all costs BT the BBC and the tory government. MONEY FOR NOTHING AND THE PERKS COME FREE.

  39. David Douglas says:

    n old nstitution which should have been got rid of years ago say no more

  40. Greedy hogs eating from the trough of licence payers money

  41. Paul Martin says:

    Poor quality programmes and overpaid presenters- “Trash TV”. To put it simply get rid of this ridiculous stealth tax.

  42. Jessica Sutherland says:

    As someone on a low income, the needless TV license is a bill I find grossly unfair; I cannot afford it and often have to cancel the direct debit due to lack of funds, which results in a threatening letter saying I will be getting ‘an enforcement visit’ and potential fine of £1000…which I wouldn’t be able to pay! We ALL now pay for our TV service to separate service providers on a monthly basis, and I feel that is all that’s necessary. Please abolish this ridiculous charge – which is likely inevitable – before it demands full protest.

  43. Why should we pay them wen other providers don’t charge a licence fee hence you pay for the signal you don’t pay you don’t watch. …….wat in heavens name makes the BBC so special. ……why should people who are out of work struggling to pay android people on law pay pay them to work there’s more important bill’s to pay hence utility bills rent mortgage. …..people go to food banks to servive. .let alone the BBC fee. …… other providers charge why in heaven’s name don’t people wake up stand together and all say no no no we are not paying for a absolutely rubish. …wen other providers don’t charge a licence fee wat makes them so special. …All stand together and say no no no. ….

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