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How can Noel Edmunds and other celebrities get away with not paying their tv licence?

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suspended8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
I was looking on line yesterday and came across an article about rich and famous refusing to pay their tv licence. In Noels case he said it was beause he objected to the threatening adverts. It seems they wont prosecute these people as they dont want to make martyrs out of them, so they just brush them under the carpet while still taking us poor normal people to court. Doesnt seem right somehow.
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banned#1
Are you sure it's not a wind up? First I've heard about it.

PS - I haven't bought a TV License - but don't tell anyone!
#2
Got a link?
#4
Voted hot! Anyone know how to get out of paying a TV license? BBC is carp!!
#5
yes, dont pay it, and when they eventually call at your residence, tell em to p*ss off. of course, it's illegal (presuming you want to watch tv), but morally I have no issues with it personally. I disagree with the whole concept and resent being taxed to support a privately owned and controlled company.
#6
i hate paying my tv license id rather they just put adverts on the bloody channels i only ever watch bbc 1 for eastenders i have sky so better things to watch
#7
I used to be quite pro-TV licence, well, this was before branching out on my own.

Now I feel very bitter towards paying for a non-essential service that should, in this day and age, find a way to finance itself. I like (at least some of) what the BBC brings to this country but we live in an age where information is available for free via dozens of methods, whenever we want it.

The BBC are no longer the power they once were - with the Internet I see absolutely no reason why I should be paying £140/year for something I only take a very slight interest in (those wonderful documentaries could be easily funded by advertising / other sales).

Unfortunately paying for the TV licence isn't something I have a say in due to living circumstances, but if it was down to me I'd not pay it - out of principle.

I have a lot of respect for the BBC, but their business model shouldn't be able to continue the way it does in 2008.
banned#8
Noel did pay his TV licence in the end anyway so this thread is moot
#9
There is an easy way to not pay the licence fee, don't buy equipment capable of watching live tv.
banned#10
The Office
QI
Have I Got News For You
Blue Planet
Life On Mars
Radio 2
Terry Wogan
Screenwipe
BBC 4

The licence fee is worth it alone for just one of those. I think some people get angry because they read the Sun / Daily Mail and it says "ROSS GETS PAID £16 MILLION!!" (he doesn't) and they think their money is being wasted.

I post a lot over at the SomethingAwful.com forums and there's a lot of Americans, Europeans, Asians there that say they'd LOVE something like the BBC that produces so much brilliant TV and radio (not counting that useless tool Chris Moyles though)

I don't think you realise how good something is until you haven't got it anymore.
#11
I detuned my tv and video a few years back because I was fed up of the violence, foul language, promotion of occult - sex - voyeurism and so on. We informed the licencing authority and they sent someone round to check we had detuned like we said and since then we have only had one more check to ensure we are still not watching live tv. Sometimes we watch tv when we are at gramps or on holiday where we saturate ourselves in the cookery programmes, but when I see the other stuff that's on, I am still glad that we decided to detune at home.
That's the boring bit over, what we do watch now is lots of dvds on subscription from Tesco dvd rental of the good ol' great ol' days. We also have an extensive collection of stuff thanks to Amazon, Ebay, the local charity shops and the daily mail. Who remembers the shows "I love Lucy" "The Colgate Comedy Hour" Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, "The Dick Van Dyke show", Norman Wisdom films, Only Fools & Horses, Porridge, Gerry Anderson's Torchy, Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL 5 Thunderbirds etc. I have the series of Bergerac, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Murder She Wrote, Fawlty Towers etc and even a lot of educational stuff as well all very watchable again and again.
#12
sofatoad
I have the series of Bergerac, Miss Marple, Sherlock Holmes, Murder She Wrote, Fawlty Towers etc


And what tv channel were all these on originally??
#13
Babbabooey;3493876
And what tv channel were all these on originally??

Pretty much shared out amongst all of them but the standards were a lot higher then and the comedy more clean and original, not the toilet humour we seem to have nowadays. Of course I did mention a few USA classics that we didn't get over here at the time as well.
My eleven year old daughter is hooked to the old classics and her friends find them to be great too when they come around.
#14
Bergerac, Fawlty Towers, Sherlock Holmes, Murder She Wrote - all BBC.

My point being, if you didnt pay your licence, they wouldn't have been made in the first place for you to now enjoy on DVD.

Saying that, I work at the bbc and even I don't agree with having to pay for the licence either!
banned#15
DanJackson;3493790
The Office
QI
Have I Got News For You
Blue Planet
Life On Mars
Radio 2
Terry Wogan
Screenwipe
BBC 4

The licence fee is worth it alone for just one of those.


So you think £140 a year is worth it for Terry Wogan :w00t:

I hate it when people try to justify what is effectively a tax on the poor. Try justifying that to someone who has lost their job and is now on JSA benefit of £59 a week :x

For those who want the BBC, then they can pay for it. I probably watch about an hour a week so having adverts in wouldn't bother me at all. Hell, with the £140 savings we could all buy HDD recorders so wouldnt even need to watch the ads.
banned#16
Babbabooey;3494064
Bergerac, Fawlty Towers, Sherlock Holmes, Murder She Wrote - all BBC.

My point being, if you didnt pay your licence, they wouldn't have been made in the first place for you to now enjoy on DVD.

Saying that, I work at the bbc and even I don't agree with having to pay for the licence either!

What rot! All the TV in the USA is paid for by adverts yet it is on average, of a far higher standard than anything the BBC could produce of late (Dexter, The Wire, NYPD Blue, Lost etc etc.)

and how you classify Bergerac and Murder she wrote as fine BBC TV mystifies me. I thought Murder she wrote was American, anyway.
#17
I didnt classify them as anything, another poster said he didnt pay his licence yet watched a lot of programmes made by the bbc, it's called irony.

and your point about being paid by adverts is not applicable, without the bbc the programs would not have been made, period.
Yes, they could have been made by ITV or someone else, but who knows what they would have been like.
#18
If i do not watch the BBC and listen to the radio, why should i have to buy a tv licence?
#19
onelife99
If i do not watch the BBC and listen to the radio, why should i have to buy a tv licence?


You don't have to... you just need to prove that to them.
ps, its nothing to do with radio, just tv.
#20
Babbabooey
I didnt classify them as anything, another poster said he didnt pay his licence yet watched a lot of programmes made by the bbc, it's called irony.

and your point about being paid by adverts is not applicable, without the bbc the programs would not have been made, period.
Yes, they could have been made by ITV or someone else, but who knows what they would have been like.



They have paid to watch them by buying the dvd's and Murder She Wrote was American made NOT made by the BBC as pointed out to you.

BBC are law breakers. AXA sponsored FA cup is still advertising no matter what they say and even a comedy program that runs so called funny ads is breaking the rules when you can buy anything in todays market and it is STILL advertising.
#21
Is £140 for 14 episodes of Top Gear good value? I don't think so.

The thing is though, that the BBC signal should be encrypted, so that people can still watch ITV, Channel 4 and Five. If they then want BBC they can pay for it.

At the moment, people have to pay for a packet of rich tea, which they don't want, to get their free hobnobs.
#22
peodude


At the moment, people have to pay for a packet of rich tea, which they don't want, to get their free hobnobs.


You get free hobnobs with a packet of rich tea? Where? You should post that as a separate deal :-D
#23
awww u gotta love the bbc
banned#24
"I don't want to pay for a service!! I demand that everything in this world is free!!
#25
if I live til I'm 80 I'll have paid approx £70k in licence fees..........thats a hell of a lot of dvds I could purchase instead
#26
It's free once you hit 75, lucky you :)
#27
factored in that plus the obvious prices increases lol
#28
£70k are you sure?? It's £139.50 at the moment, how much price increase are you adding, lol.
Even if you charge £500 for it x 60 years thats "only" 30k.
#29
It's the BBC lol wasn't in under a £100 4 years back, be £2000 in 2040.......
#30
Interesting, when a movie comes out on the big screen a lot of profit is also made on the merchandising toys, dvds, costumes, books and so on ie: star wars, shrek, disney films to name a few.
When BBC makes a profit from merchandising its products by selling the programmes, books, dvds to other networks abroad and to the consumers here then the question is why are we still paying the licence fee?
#31
I hope it doesn't get that expensive!
#32
sofatoad;3494497
Interesting, when a movie comes out on the big screen a lot of profit is also made on the merchandising toys, dvds, costumes, books and so on ie: star wars, shrek, disney films to name a few.
When BBC makes a profit from merchandising its products by selling the programmes, books, dvds to other networks abroad and to the consumers here then the question is why are we still paying the licence fee?


good point :thumbsup:
#33
DanJackson
"I don't want to pay for a service!! I demand that everything in this world is free!!



You paying to use this site or would you ?? I don't think.


You could argue your pay your ISP but comeone
banned#34
dontasciime
You paying to use this site or would you ?? I don't think.


You could argue your pay your ISP but comeone


You out-argued yourself there. Well done.

Television is not a right, it's a privilege.
#35
I can take or leave "Spooks" on occasion, but last night's back-to-back episodes (BBC 1, then BBC Three) were OK.

"Top Gear" I would certainly miss if it wasn't on... but if JC, The Hamster, & Captain Slow were ever dropped because of their comments, any satellite or cable channel would snap them up instantly. Channel 5's "Fifth Gear" is good, but nowhere near as watchable (well, OK, if you disregard Vicki B-H).

"Waking The Dead" is another good BBC series, & "Doctor Who" is certainly worth £140 per annum ("Torchwood", not so, but if that is a freebie, then I'll watch that if I have nothing better to do).

"Judge John Deed" another very good series.

I'll also watch "Watchdog" if I happen to be in when it is screening.


Jules Holland's New Year's Eve programme is also a good countdown to midnight.

Yes, £140 is expensive, but without this funding imagine the dross that would get turned out if advertisers influenced the output...

"Doctor Who brought to you in conjunction with Eribold Blister Plasters" (or whatever)

PS. How can Noel Edmonds pay his TV Licence... the poor guy must never be in to watch TV... he's always on the gogglebox telling me how irritating 10 year old's are or keeping the public on the edge of the seats as we open another box with an anticlimax. Christmas morning again so soon? (And no, my Uncle's wife is not called that).

:)

BFN,

fp.

Edited By: fanpages on Jun 20, 2012 20:31: .
#36
If you don't want to pay it just watch everything on i-player instead.

(awaits hoards of people saying you stil have to pay the license fee even though you don't).
#37
Benjimoron
If you don't want to pay it just watch everything on i-player instead.

(awaits hoards of people saying you stil have to pay the license fee even though you don't).


You do have to pay the fee if you watch downloadable TV on a mobile telephone handset though!?!

BFN,

fp.
#38
onelife99
If i do not watch the BBC and listen to the radio, why should i have to buy a tv licence?


Babbabooey
You don't have to... you just need to prove that to them.
ps, its nothing to do with radio, just tv.


"Until last year, people living in this country could receive TV broadcasts originating from outside the UK without being required to pay the licence fee. But that's all changed. Now, a TV licence is required to receive or record any TV programmes which are broadcast by satellite and available to the public, "regardless of where in the world the satellite broadcast is generated from".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2005/sep/10/consumernews.jobsandmoney

Thats one of the many reasons i despise paying the fee, BBC: YOU WILL PAY IT AND TOUGH IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT!

#39
Benjimoron
If you don't want to pay it just watch everything on i-player instead.


haha, i like it...
if they can just improve the quality now so i can watch on my hdtv.
banned#40
onelife99;3494247
If i do not watch the BBC and listen to the radio, why should i have to buy a tv licence?


Babbabooey;3494286
You don't have to... you just need to prove that to them.
ps, its nothing to do with radio, just tv.

So you work for the BBC and do not understand how it is funded :thinking:

If you can receive any TV broadcast then you have to pay, even if you have de-tuned the BBC. :x

Some may see it as good value but I bet if you were a low earner / on benefits; then you may see it in a different light.

Anyone know if I just bought a huge monitor without a tuner and plugged a DVD player into it and my media player (PS3); would I still have to pay for a licence?

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