The Broadcast Act 1990, gave the BBC a monopoly to print money to fund programs its controllers wanted.  Every other broadcaster has to pay its way with advertising or other commercial arrangements, such as fees.  We think people are more than happy to pay for the programs they want to see.  This much is a fact which explains why SKY is doing so well.


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It seems a great many of the public do not agree to giving money to make programs they do not want.  Many person choose not to watch the BBC channels and others would rather watch DVD's or VHS tapes. 




Hold on mate, where's your i.d. ?



For a number of reasons the BBC use force and terror tactics to increase their coffers.  They employ officers who do not explain your rights and try every trick in the book to get into your home to catch you watching a television.  They do not care how they do this and they are not accountable.  They do not observe your right to peaceful enjoyment and if you are silly enough to let them, they will try to obtain a broadcast, even though you have arranged it that you cannot receive a signal to watch.


Having experienced several years of threatening letters, one recorded delivery, several night visits, etc.  We finally struck it lucky.  We were visited during the day by this licensing officer.  How much do you suppose this cost the License or Tax payer.  Three visits and 24 threatening letters.  We'd call this harassment with a capital H.  Harassment is a criminal offence.  Obtaining money by deception is also a criminal offence.  Are these blokes criminals?  We say they are trained to be criminals in the making.  We also say the License fee should be scrapped in favour of a fairer system.  




Hold on mate, where's your i.d. ?



This is what happens when you call the bluff of a TV licensing officer.  We asked him to wait and to produce his identification, while we loaded a camera.  No sooner the camera came out, than the officer concerned withdrew his identification and ran to his vehicle, trying all the while to hide his face.  If you see this gentleman approaching your house, get a camera ready.  The gent above tried to tell our researcher that it was up to him to prove he didn't need a TV licence - that was a lie.  What he meant was he would hound our researcher until he bought a license, whether he needed one or not.  


These officers are trained to assume your guilt until you prove your innocence.  In fact it's the other way round.  So don't be fooled and never let one of these blokes into your home.  Take a picture and send it to us along with their name, etc.  This chap drove off dangerously, without looking where he was going - he was in such a rush to get out of sight.  Write to your MP today to express your concern that broadcasting should be fairer.  People should be able to choose what they want to pay for and the TV license, if it goes on much longer, should not be the subject of such intrusive tactics.







About the BBC


As a result of The Broadcast Act 1990, the BBC were made responsible for licence administration. TV Licensing is the trading name used by the BBC's agents who collect the licence fee on their behalf.  That being the case, the BBC is another name for Gestapo.




Who's that knocking at the door -  Heinrich Himmler?

Over 1200 staff are employed at TV Licensing's main Contact Centres based in Bristol and Darwen in Lancashire.


What thye do

Who decides how much the licence fee is?

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What they do


TV Licensing's role is to collect the licence fee and to educate people, through advertising, community relations and direct communications, about the need to buy a TV Licence. We use various methods in which to achieve this which include sending reminders, processing queries, applications and payments, and maintaining an accurate licence database. We also use technology to identify and visit people who we believe are using a TV without a valid licence.


This may well constitute an abuse of the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts, in addition to a whole host of Human Rights legislation - but they don't care - because they have a state granted monopoly and Gestapo like powers to hound you.  The director of the BBC may be seen as a modern day Adolf Hitler for adopting such tactics.


Who decides how much the licence fee is?


The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport sets the amount of the licence fee and decides who needs one and for what equipment.


More about TV Licensing


We have produced a document that explains more about what we do and how we do it. You can find out more about what is covered in this document and download a PDF version of it on our About TV Licensing page, which you can get to by clicking here.


Adolf Hitler and chum Heinrich Himmler - Ex TV licensing officers


Race Equality information


We're committed to promoting and practising racial equality in all areas of our work. You can find out more about our Race Equality scheme and how we meet our obligations by clicking here.


Disability Discrimination Act information


Find out more about how we work to ensure that our services, and this website meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act by clicking here.


Annual Review


TV Licensing is responsible for the collection and enforcement of the TV Licence and generate the vast majority of the BBC's income, without distributing any of this money to other television companies. 


This first annual review of TV Licensing's activities gives licence fee payers and other stakeholders details on how the BBC performed in the financial year to 31 March 2004 and what they hope to achieve in the future.  We will ask the questions!






The right to receive radio waves should be free - oxygen tax next!



Complain to Colin Jones about your licencing experiences. The address is:-



Colin Jones

Customer Services
TV Licensing
Bristol BS98 1TL
Customer Enquiries: 0870 576 3763
Direct Debit Applications: 08705 22 6666
Change of Address: 0870 524 6246
Minicom: 0870 575 8604
Cash Easy Entry: 0845 728 9289
Monthly Cash Plan: 0845 056 7567



The TV Licensing Refund Centre deals with television licence refunds. The address is:-



TV Licensing Refund Centre
PO Box 410
Bristol BS99 4HP
Customer Enquiries: 08705 763 763
Direct Debit Applications: 0870 522 6666
Change of Address: 0870 524 6246
Minicom: 0870 575 8604
Cash Easy Entry: 0845 728 9289
Monthly Cash Plan: 0845 056 7567



TV Licensing (Northern Ireland)
TV Licensing Regional Centre
9th Floor
Chamber of Commerce House
22 Great Victoria Street
Belfast BT2 7LX
Tel: 0870 5000 1017






Ask to see your records


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) applies to UK public authorities. It provides for a right of access to information held by the authority, subject to the exemptions set out in FOIA. It is enforced by an independent Information Commissioner.

From 1 January 2005 public authorities, including the BBC, will have to deal with FOIA requests from the public, promptly and within 20 working days.

This applies to all TV Licensing information held by our contracted agents where it is held on behalf of the Licensing Authority to administer the collection of television licence fees and enforcement of the television licensing system ('TV Licensing' is a trading name used by agents contracted by the Licensing Authority (the BBC). The majority of the administration of TV Licensing is contracted to Capita Business Services Ltd, with the administration of cash easy payment schemes contracted to Revenue Management Services Ltd, and marketing and public relations activities contracted to the AMV Consortium.)

FOI requests must be in writing (including email), clearly state the requestor's name and an address for correspondence, and must describe what information is required. Contact details for queries and requests are:

TV Licensing FOI
PO Box 48339
London W12 7XH

For further details on what is covered by FOIA and on making an FOI request, please refer to






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