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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.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

TV Licensing Annual Review 2016-17


The BBC has just published the TV Licensing Annual Review 2016-17.

The Review, as is traditionally the case, includes all manner of "facts" and figures about how the TV licence is administered and enforced. Of course being an official BBC publication, it should be noted that it only includes the "facts" and figures they want people to know about.

The BBC's Head of Revenue Management, Pipa Doubtfire, blogged: "In the past year, TV Licensing collected a record £3.8 billion to fund BBC programmes and services and the number of licences in force reached the highest ever level of 25.8m. Alongside this, we maintained evasion at the very low level of 6 or 7 per cent, meaning around 94 per cent of homes and businesses across the UK are correctly licensed. We’ve also been able to reduce complaints by 50 per cent since 2010/11."

The key highlights for the financial year 2016-17 are as follows:
  • The number of TV licences in force has risen from 25.6m to 25.8m.
  • Licence fee revenue has risen by £44m to £3,787m.
  • The closure of the so-called iPlayer loophole resulted in up to 83,000 extra TV licence sales, which generated an extra £12m in revenue.
  • The cost of collecting the TV licence fee was £82.2m.
  • TV Licensing spent £13.6m on postage costs. Remember that by the BBC's own admission more than 4 in 5 of those letters are destined for properties that do not legally need a TV licence.
  • Estimates put the evasion rate at somewhere between 6-7 per cent, which means 93-94 per cent of properties are considered "correctly licensed" by TV Licensing.
  • Capita TV Licensing goons caught, so they claim, 700 TV licence evaders every day. Given that Capita is about as good at maths as Diane Abbott, you should take that value with a pinch of salt.
  • TV Licensing claims to have caught 256,600 evaders during the year, but we'd highlight that fewer than half of those are actually convicted of TV licence evasion.
  • Almost three-quarters of TV licences are paid for by Direct Debit.
We would be very interested in the number of complaints against TV Licensing. Our suspicion is that the reason the number of complaints is down by 50 per cent (according to Doubtfire) is because TV Licensing makes complaining as arduous as possible.

You can view the full review here.

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

BBC Journalist Caught With Kiddy Porn



Pervert Lloyd Watson, 33, of Bishops Park Road in Gateshead, worked at the Corporation's studios on Barrack Road, Newcastle.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the deviant's computer contained 26 video and 10 image files showing children suffering horrific sexual abuse. They also uncovered a file called "confessions.text" in which Watson denied doing anything wrong.

The document started: "I start by saying, let me explain, I have done nothing wrong.

"Damage has been done. It's the people who made the material that should be hunted down. They're the ones putting these kids through this.

"I'm not condoning it, nor am I helping it".

Watson pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children, some of which he had retrieved from the so-called "dark web".

Judge Amanda Rippon branded him "grotesque" as she handed down a sentence of nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

The Judge said: "Every single child you have watched being abused on a film you have personally abused by watching it.

"Their humiliation is completed because you have watched it and gained whatever sexual gratification you have got from it. You have abused them personally, if not from contact, you have abused them by watching it."

In addition to his suspended prison sentence, Watson will appear on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years and will be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 15 years.

A BBC statement said: "He will no longer be working for the BBC.

"His crimes are entirely unrelated to his work for us."

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Monday, 24 July 2017

BBC Producer in Road Rage Bust Up


An experienced BBC producer has been filmed engaging in an aggressive road rage incident.

Wildlife producer and director Fergus Beeley, who has worked for the BBC since 1989, was filmed launching a tirade of abuse at a family on the M27 near Southampton Airport.

Simon Gale, 33, was driving his family to Portsmouth when their vehicle was involved in a minor collision. Both damaged vehicles pulled off the motorway into a supermarket car park and then Beeley's vehicle, which had not been involved in the collision, pulled up behind.



Footage of the incident shows Beeley, 54, getting rather irate at the Gale family. He approached the front passenger side, where Simon was sat, and called the family "wankers". He also branded Simon's partner Louise Small, who was sat in the drivers seat, an "old slut". Throughout the exchange Simon and Louise's 14-year-old son and his grandmother were sat in the rear of the vehicle.

At one point Beeley, who lives in the Glocestershire village of Badminton, was seen to grab Simon's arms and scream "You're under a citizen's arrest. Put your hands on the car and get ready to die."

We would encourage you to watch the video to see Beeley's behaviour during the rest of the incident. Notice that the Gale family remained fairly passive as the BBC man screamed into Simon's face and shoved him around.

The police arrived at the scene shortly afterwards. Both men made allegations of assault against the other, but neither wanted to pursue the matter.

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