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Letters for 2015 Comparison with 1974 (and other letters)
Letters for 2014 BBC reaction to this site
Letters for 2013 "Please do not write below this line"
Letters for 2012 Tips for avoiding TVL/BBC harassment
Letters for 2011 TVL/BBC's detection figures and other untruths
Letters for 2010 What about TV Detector vans?
Letters for 2009 Detect the Detector vans
Letters for 2008 TVL - a question of identity
Letters for 2007 DVD offer
Letters for 2006 Links and Contact

116 letters to date; most recent December 2016 Must read

Letters from BBC Television Licensing

From the beginning of 2006, I decided not to renew my television licence. I found that my television viewing consisted almost entirely of tapes of old programmes purchased off Ebay, and that my watching of broadcast television was less than an hour a week. I therefore decided to stop watching broadcast television, and I now spend the £145.50 saved from the TV licence fee on video tapes and DVDs. It is a good decision; I now pay for what I watch, and not for what I don't watch.

The only fly in the ointment has been aggressive letters from TV Licensing (TVL), which collects the licence fee on behalf of the BBC. TVL/BBC sends millions of letters every year to people who do not watch broadcast television, demanding payment. For many people, these letters can be very frightening.

But the letters are a bluff; they are computer-generated. TVL/BBC have none of the powers their letters imply and, with a little knowledge, people can stand up to the bullies. The purpose of this website is to share my TVL/BBC letters as I receive them, and to provide useful information for people who have no time for the BBC.

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January 2016

This is my eleventh year as someone who does not pay the BBC. I have saved £1,548 and, assuming 50p a letter, cost the BBC a further £51 in postage.

Brown envelope and leaflet

February 2016

Brown envelope

"February" 2016 (received March)

White envelope

March 2016

Brown envelope and leaflet

April 2016

White envelope

May 2016

White envelope

June 2016

Brown envelope and leaflet

July 2016

White envelope

August 2016

White envelope and leaflet saying "Change in the law. You need a TV licence for BBC iPlayer"

This is a new design of letter.

The "enforcement visit approved" stamp in the bottom-left is not a real ink stamp; it is pre-printed. The date underneath, 15 August 2016, also pretends to be stamp by being placed at an angle.

It reminds me of the secret agent or detective identity cards I used to get from comics, such as Action and Warlord. Here is one, with a similar red stamp, again in the bottom left, even tilted at the same angle, assuring me that I am a registered Warlord Secret Agent - cool! Thank you TVL/BBC for this little trip down memory lane.

September 2016

White 9 by 4 envelope and leaflet.

October 2016

Brown 9 by 4 envelope, and leaflet.

November 2016

White 9 by 4 envelope, and leaflet.

December 2016

White 9 by 6 envelope, and window.

Stay tuned for another TVL/BBC letter, next month.

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