Let be realistic here – the vast majority of us have a television or radio or laptop.
Whether you watch / listen / read the BBC content on TV / Radio / BBC News Website is broadly irrelevant. You still benefit from the competition the BBC provides to other terrestrial broadcasters and SKY etc.
This comes in the form of enhanced content, training of talent, and downward pressure on advertising time, to name but a few.
The benefits of scrapping the individual TV license and making it a basic additional to council tax would simply be a reduction in, bureaucracy and costs.
No one would ever again be prosecuted or taken to court on the basis of not paying their licence fee.
Why is this idea important?
No one would ever again be prosecuted or taken to court on the basis of not paying their licence fee. This would reduce court costs and time.
The council would be responsible for collection as part of their existing bureaucratic machine with no additional costs; much in the same way as tax for police, fire and refuse collection is shown in an itemised manner.
Everyone would be charged based on the council tax band. This could be set at such a rate as to generate roughly the same amount as is currently raised.
No one would get a discount for having a black and white TV. The content still costs the same amount to produce!