Of course there is no point running a campaign, if your not going to lead by example. So when I produced the article on how to cancel your license, I followed the process myself. I intended to do a simple post when I received the TV license Cancellation Letter to simply show I was leading by example.
Surprise surprise, in life, nothing is ever quite straightforward.
I am fuming! The email I received from TV Licensing is absolutely disgusting. It epitomises exactly what is wrong with the system and the pressure the BBC put on people to fill their coffers.
If you want jump straight the response, I got then click here! But for readers that may be here on Cancel your License for the first time, I will try to give a little back story
Why I Canceled?
So let’s get into the basics of why I decided to cancel my TV license.
BBC’s Biased News
My primary reason for canceling my license is down to a total disdain for the BBC’s news service. It has become absolutely clear to me that the BBC provides a totally biased service that fits in with their own agenda. This is completely against their charter which states that their main objective is to provide ‘impartial public service broadcasting’.
Unfair TV License Fee principle
The BBC has a core grassroots policy of instilling an impression that the license is mandatory. They treat the fee like it is a tax that we are required to pay And they are succeeding with this immoral and unethical stance to the point that over 80% of households are paying for a service that only 56% deem reflective of them.
Treatment of our elderly generation
Having recently announced a policy to cancel the free license for over 75s, the BBC have shown an absolute disregard of our elderly generation. These people are their core historical customers. There is no customer loyalty reflected in any BBC policy.
BBC’s Money Usage
From £1 million contracts for has been sports stars to incredible salaries for radio presenters. From high-bonuses for directors to extortionate expense claims, the BBC has continually been exposed of wasting our money.
Many people believe the BBC corporation is a public owned company. But the fact is the BBC has multiple private limited companies in its commercial arm. Exposes have revealed that money and directors are moving around the company in what can only be described as an elaborate game of musical chairs, for the purposes of creative accounting.
The quantity of original BBC programs has reduced and the quality of any new programs is generally very poor. When you compare the quality of dramas, sports coverage or even documentaries to subscription based competition, the BBC comes absolutely nowhere near.
My own economics
Covid-19 has hit us all, myself included. I have had to re-evaluate my budget and reduce my expenditure. The BBC license fee of over £150 a year was simply something that was not worth paying. I should have canceled years ago. The alternative news and entertainment options are far better and cheaper.
Deciding to cancel my license during the Covid-19 lockdown has caused me some minor issues.
The TV licensing Call Centre is closed due to the lockdown. The call centre have advised, on their website, they will not respond any emails or calls.
This meant that officially I could not cannot cancel my TV license through their channels because there was no point informing them.
However, their own final advice, when canceling a license, was to stop paying and cancel any direct debits etc. This effectively would ensure my license was canceled.
The Disgusting Response
As I started off this post, I am absolutely fuming by the ‘standard’ response I received just a couple of days after canceling my direct debit.
I consider myself an intelligent person that doesn’t get phased by small-print or a bombardment of telephone, email or postal unsolicited mail etc. So in this situation, I am really putting myself in the shoes of the more vulnerable in our society who may panic at the sight of a red letter etc.
The ‘standard’ email response from the BBC advising me of my canceled direct debit is simply disgusting and unethical.
So according to this response, they have the option to pass my details to a debt collection agency. Why? I am not in debt! I do not have a contract with the BBC.
The statement is ridiculous, it’s misleading and it’s totally unethical. Again it epitomizes exactly what is wrong with the system and the immoral way the BBC represent the license fee as almost mandatory
Nobody has a contract with the BBC for their current license. It is optional! If you stop paying for it and don’t use live TV or IPlayer services, there is absolutely nothing they can do.
I did say when I canceled my TV license, that I was expecting these kinds of emails or letters. The BBC is renowned for pressuring people in an attempt to get them to pay the license fee.
So whilst the email was not a surprise, the disgusting content certainly was. But of course, I have every right to stop paying my license as long as I am following the rules and not using the services that the license is for.
Therefore, moving forward, during covid-19, I will expect to receive further emails and postal letters and I will do absolutely nothing about them. Lockdown means the TV license call centre is closed and therefore any correspondence I am getting is automatic. I also don’t expect TV License inspectors to be out and about.
When we are finally released from the covid-19 lockdown, I will of course contact TV licensing and advise them I no longer want or need a license.
Even after I have advised them I no longer want a license, I will still expect to receive further correspondence, due to the BBC’s unethical policy of pressuring people, but I will do absolutely nothing about them.
Join the Campaign
My opinion is that by canceling my license, I am making a statement that matters. I want this site to be the voice of the people and effect change.
I believe the BBC is currently paid for by the British people and should reflect the British people as a whole. It doesn’t at the moment, therefore it is imperative we campaign for change. The most effective way to campaign is to hit their pockets.
If you agree with any of my reasons for canceling my license or you have your own specific reasons, then please join us in the campaign to cancel your license. Bookmark our site, follow us on social media and cancel your own license.
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