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Old 21 September 2009, 05:03 PM
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TV TV licence dodgers' bizarre excuses

TV licence dodgers have used a host of ridiculous excuses to try to avoid paying including one pet owner who claimed he only had a set so his dog could watch television.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/t...og-not-me.html
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Old 21 September 2009, 06:48 PM
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The excuses are inventive, but TV Licensing have a bad record for persecuting households for licences even when the household has already paid (people with different surnames) or when the household has no means of receiving TV (they idea of a totally TV-less house - no set or PC TV card, no aerial/cable/satellite - is foreign to them).

Way, way back in a previous home, Person A bought the TV (and that was the name sent by the store to TV Licensing), but Person B paid the licence. Our surnames were different (as with many cohabitees), but the address was the same. TV Licensing kept threatening the household for not paying a licence fee.

When I got fed up of explaining this (I even sent photocopies of the licence showing the address and indicating it was a different surname), I wrote back that they could certainly come and visit and threaten us on our own doorstep, but it was to be by prior arrangement so I could have the press in attendance and a solicitor present to press charges for harassment because we had a valid TV licence. All of a sudden, TV Licensing managed to find records that the household did indeed have a valid TV licence.
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Old 21 September 2009, 07:10 PM
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I really hate to sound USA-centric, but what the heck is a TV licence?
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Old 21 September 2009, 07:14 PM
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I really hate to sound USA-centric, but what the heck is a TV licence?
Exactly what it says on the tin. A licence to have a TV. Ours is €155 per year.
ETA: Not quite. Every household must have one.
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Old 21 September 2009, 07:29 PM
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Exactly what it says on the tin. A licence to have a TV. Ours is 155 per year.
ETA: Not quite. Every household must have one.
To add to this, it's basically a yearly fee that one has to pay in order to get basic cable channels. (I believe we had BBC 1, 2 and 4 and ITV 4. Or something.) AFAIK, the money goes to the cable stations. In turn, those basic cable channels have few, if any adverts. (Usually only for their own programs.)
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To add to this, it's basically a yearly fee that one has to pay in order to get basic cable channels. (I believe we had BBC 1, 2 and 4 and ITV 4. Or something.) AFAIK, the money goes to the cable stations. In turn, those basic cable channels have few, if any adverts. (Usually only for their own programs.)
The TV licence is for BBC1 and BBC2 terrestrial channels. ITV and Channel 4 are funded by advertising. The much newer BBC 3 & 4 are only available on cable, satellite and freeview. The problem is, even if you never watched the BBC terrestrial channels, you still had to pay the licence fee that funds BBC simply because you had a TV set and aerial capable of receiving them!
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