Letters from BBC Television
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
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.
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
"February" 2016 (received
Brown envelope and
White envelope and leaflet saying
"Change in the law. You need a TV licence for BBC
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
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
White 9 by 4 envelope and
Stay tuned for another TVL/BBC letter,
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