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Should any cultural, art , sporting  or entertainment be sponsored by the state is a question to be discussed.

The BBC undoubtedly contributes to all these things.

Peoples horizons and education have been greatly enhanced by the BBCs  output .

In my opinion the media would be a far worse place without the contribution of the BBC.

Personally I would be happy for the BBC to paid for out of the existing tax system.

It is by no means a perfect product (but what is ).

 

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BBC policies and procedures ensure that the disproportionate burden of TV license fee enforcement falls on very low income women. How can this possibly be just?

 

BBC gender discrimination is criminalising women in poverty.

 

POVERTY IS NOT A CRIME - DECRIMINALISE THE CRUEL BBC TV TAX.

Edited by Car Boot

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On 08/02/2020 at 13:46, Car Boot said:

BBC policies and procedures ensure that the disproportionate burden of TV license fee enforcement falls on very low income women. How can this possibly be just?

 

BBC gender discrimination is criminalising women in poverty.

 

POVERTY IS NOT A CRIME - DECRIMINALISE THE CRUEL BBC TV TAX.

I can’t follow your logic.

If everyone between certain ages pays for a TV license why is the burden more so on low income women more than low income men.

That is unless there are more women aged 75 and over than there are men,which is probable but not significantly so.

As the license is paid per household I suppose you could argue that a childless couple with one TV gets a raw deal compared with a family with 6 children and 4 TVs.

I cannot see a more equitable method of raising revenue to maintain the best public service TV service in the world.

All politicians,and currently the Tories  would love to exert more control on the media.

Keep the BBC independent.

 

 

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The elite who run the BBC passionately believe that debt and poverty should be punished by prison. This is why the BBC is desperate to keep criminalising non-payment of its regressive TV licence fee.

 

Remote, distant and out of touch, the BBC elite have learned nothing from the popular uprising against another out of touch elite - the EU. How did that turn out?

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5 minutes ago, Car Boot said:

The elite who run the BBC passionately believe that debt and poverty should be punished by prison. This is why the BBC is desperate to keep criminalising non-payment of its regressive TV licence fee.

 

Remote, distant and out of touch, the BBC elite have learned nothing from the popular uprising against another out of touch elite - the EU. How did that turn out?

Is that the uprising that’s supported by tax dodging hedge fund managers?

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On 09/02/2020 at 17:14, RJRB said:

I can’t follow your logic.

If everyone between certain ages pays for a TV license why is the burden more so on low income women more than low income men.

That is unless there are more women aged 75 and over than there are men,which is probable but not significantly so.

As the license is paid per household I suppose you could argue that a childless couple with one TV gets a raw deal compared with a family with 6 children and 4 TVs.

I cannot see a more equitable method of raising revenue to maintain the best public service TV service in the world.

All politicians,and currently the Tories  would love to exert more control on the media.

Keep the BBC independent.

 

 

I can't follow your logic.

 

Those of a Left-wing perspective should be opposed to oppressive use of power in support of wealth and privilege. 

 

Which is exactly the way the BBC operates.

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On 10/02/2020 at 08:15, Car Boot said:

The elite who run the BBC passionately believe that debt and poverty should be punished by prison. 

If only there was some way to avoid it -  maybe not using the TV if you can't afford it? 

 

You wouldn't get much sympathy if you ran a car and didn't pay road tax or insurance, same applies to the TV, which isn't a necessity.

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1 hour ago, Car Boot said:

I can't follow your logic.

 

Those of a Left-wing perspective should be opposed to oppressive use of power in support of wealth and privilege. 

 

Which is exactly the way the BBC operates.

Your left wing credentials are questionable as you regularly support the policies of a right wing Tory government,perhaps unwittingly and with a failure to understand their motives.

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46 minutes ago, RJRB said:

Your left wing credentials are questionable as you regularly support the policies of a right wing Tory government,perhaps unwittingly and with a failure to understand their motives.

Exactly - CB's posts attacking the BBC and the EU must be over a couple of thousand.

 

There's a couple of perfunctory pro-Corbyn posts and am at a loss to remember any against the Tory austerity regime.

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If the BBC really is so very confident that the public loves its content - and it frequently claims to be the most loved broadcaster in the entire world - then why is it so terrified of exposing itself to commercial competition?

 

Increasingly in the modern age people move from one short-term rental contract to another, be it Britbox, Netflix, Amazon or the many other streaming services available. A UK property-based TV licence makes no sense to most UK people living in 2020, especially one that is supported by a criminal record, large fine and pain of imprisonment.

 

It's time for the BBC to stop criminalising poverty and to move beyond the hated and feared Victorian funding model it desperately wishes to continue.

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In this week's Radio Times, journalist, Mark Lawson has written a story regarding the licence fee. 

 

Here's an interesting snippet.  According to the BBC's Annual Report & Accounts 2018-19, £103 million from the licence fee income was spent  on "Licence fee collection costs." 

 

As Lawson points out, shouldn't the Govt be asking questions as to why the BBC is effectively spending £100 million to collect £200 million?

 

Appears there is vast inefficiency when it comes to the BBC's internal processes. 

Edited by Baron99

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Less than 100 days to go until the BBC introduces it's TV licence fee concession linked to Pension Credit, in a feeble attempt to ensure that the least well off pensioners don’t have to pay. 

 

BBC TV Licensing will be writing to over 75 years old customers ahead of 1 June to explain what to do next. BBC TV Licensing says it will operate a "self-verification system where individuals simply need to demonstrate their receipt of Pension Credit in order to qualify".

 

But the BBC hasn't yet revealed what the system is!

 

The DWP refuses to supply the BBC with data regarding who is in receipt of pension credit as this contravenes data protection laws.

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