TV Licences: Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee

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Re: TV Licences: Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee

Post by pabenny » Thu Jun 20 2019 9:51pm

Agree - but if everyone has to pay the TV license, the BBC's output should seek to accommodate the TV and radio preferences of all. So if the BBC ditches the output I like and retains only what you like, then you can pay and I won't.

In reality, almost all of us watch/listen and enjoy something that the BBC produces - whether it's Strictly or the Story of Rubbish. I'm happy to contribute to the one of those that I don't care for to get the one that I enjoy.
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Post by Richard Frost » Thu Jun 20 2019 10:34pm

If everyone pays the fee or the government steps in to take back the subsidy or the BBC slim down their Management structure there would be no need for cuts, and we will all be happy.

They could even perhaps be made to take advertising or a mixture of advertising and sponsorship. Or even a mixture of all the options.

What I actually said was in answer to a question about whether I would be willing to pay extra in order for the over 75s to have a free licence. The answer was no for the reasons outlined in that post.

You may be happy to contribute to what I think on the whole is a sub standard over priced service, I am not. I happen to think there are alternatives. The licence in my opinion is already overpriced and of little value. Whilst I do have to pay for it I agree that we should all contribute for the greater good. But in the long term, consideration should be given for it to be abolished.
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Post by blythburgh » Fri Jun 21 2019 10:22am

My licence fee will pay for Wimbledon again this year. I never watch it and would rather turn off the TV than have to watch it.

Am I complaining? Of course not because other licence payers love it but hate some Beeb programmes I love.

Yes, there is rubbish on the Beeb radio and tv but if they did not try new things we would not have some of the best loved programmes over the years because they were "out of the box" or pushing boundaries
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Post by expressman33 » Mon Jun 24 2019 10:57am

More than half of MPs claim free BBC licence at taxpayers' expense
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... awcjwCkAqc
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Re: TV Licences: Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee

Post by Richard Frost » Mon Jun 24 2019 11:05am

expressman33 wrote:
Mon Jun 24 2019 10:57am
More than half of MPs claim free BBC licence at taxpayers' expense
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... awcjwCkAqc
Figures show that more than 320 MPs have enjoyed the £154.50 perk for their second home or office.
Seems reasonable to me. Its a legitimate expense. Although not sure why Vince Cable is claiming as he is over 75. Perhaps your only allowed one free one.
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Post by expressman33 » Mon Jul 01 2019 2:29pm

TV licence fee fury as BBC spends £3m on mugs and magnets and other "promotional " material - equivalent of 20,000 licences
story here https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/11470 ... gs-magnets
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Re: TV Licences: Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee

Post by Richard Frost » Mon Jul 01 2019 2:43pm

expressman33 wrote:
Mon Jul 01 2019 2:29pm
TV licence fee fury as BBC spends £3m on mugs and magnets and other "promotional " material - equivalent of 20,000 licences
story here https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/11470 ... gs-magnets
A BBC spokesman said items would be sold in the shop.

He said: "This tender covers both the BBC and our commercial operations, which are not funded by the licence fee and includes requirements including Blue Peter Badges and material for schools."
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Re: TV Licences: Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee

Post by kevinchess1 » Sun Jul 07 2019 5:47pm

I keep trying to stay away from this thread but keep finding myself drawn back
My in laws are in their 80s, We are having an 85th party for him tomorrow.
They have the Full Sky package, he like to watch local rugby. Has the Disney channels for his grand children even though their all adults. Also has Netflix which his children all in their 50s use.
I ask him about the TV license fee and he jusr shrugged and said 'Only £13 a month, I spend more than that on Brie
Not all pensioners live on the breadline so why should we subsidise them?
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Post by expressman33 » Mon Jul 08 2019 11:06am

kevinchess1 wrote:
Sun Jul 07 2019 5:47pm
Not all pensioners live on the breadline so why should we subsidise them?
Because that is what they were promised.
My mother is 86 and lives on her own on a basic state pension + a small pension from my late father ( less than £180 per week in total ). She can't claim any benefits so will have to pay for her TV licence
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Re: TV Licences: Up to 3.7 million over-75s to pay licence fee

Post by Richard Frost » Mon Jul 08 2019 11:19am

expressman33 wrote:
Mon Jul 08 2019 11:06am
kevinchess1 wrote:
Sun Jul 07 2019 5:47pm
Not all pensioners live on the breadline so why should we subsidise them?
Because that is what they were promised.
My mother is 86 and lives on her own on a basic state pension + a small pension from my late father ( less than £180 per week in total ). She can't claim any benefits so will have to pay for her TV licence
Promises by governments/those seeking power are not worth the paper they are written on. They are always reneged on if carried through at all after the promise is made. That will always be the case whilst we have the unstable governments we have had over the last ten years. Watch to see how many of the promises that have been made over the last couple of months by the Con party leadership candidates are carried out. Very few I suspect.

If anyone believes the promises then they are very gullible.
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