‘You can watch television for nothing’

Daily Echo: The licence fee pays for TV shows such as Question Time. The licence fee pays for TV shows such as Question Time.

RALPH Prothero (Letters, February 7) highlights the BBC’s institutional bias citing its coverage of the debate on Europe, where for years it has been a cheerleader for all things in favour of the EU.

Two further examples of the corporation’s left-wing mindset: last month it emerged that staff had pinned a series of anti-Tory tabloid newspaper headlines to the walls of its Westminster studios.

Then a so-called comedian and Radio 4 presenter claimed that David Cameron’s health reforms mean that the PM ‘wants kids to die’.

What to do? Well, here’s one thing you can do to undermine the BBC’s compulsory licence (£145.50), which pays for this outrageous behaviour as well as the six-figure salaries of its bosses.

Watch television for nothing online via the BBC iPlayer. You can do this so long as you steer clear of live viewing for which a licence is required.

It’s the BBC’s little secret which it would rather you didn’t know about, which is why it is currently trying to change the rules to bring the iPlayer within the remit of the licence regime.

Once the power of the monopoly state broadcaster starts to decline in this way, it will never recover.

DOROTHY FUDGE, Totton.

Editor's note: This information is freely available on the BBC's own website. However you do need a TV licence if you watch anything live or nearly live (within two hours of broadcast) on any device, such as a TV or computer, regardless of whether or not it is on the BBC or another channel. You are legally required to delcare if you only watch catch-up services, however.

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4:43pm Tue 11 Feb 14

roofspace says...

Must be getting near to a General Election as the Tory sycophants have started their "Reds under the bed" campaign.
I agree the BBC has a left-wing bias though, unfortunately it is for the left-wing of the Tory party. That is about the closest it gets to Socialism.
Must be getting near to a General Election as the Tory sycophants have started their "Reds under the bed" campaign. I agree the BBC has a left-wing bias though, unfortunately it is for the left-wing of the Tory party. That is about the closest it gets to Socialism. roofspace
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11:41pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.
I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof. Inform Al
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5:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

Inform Al wrote:
I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.
Oh yes, because that's what has happened everywhere there isn't a TV licence.

Except that it hasn't.

"Reasonable poster" Oh stop it, my aching sides.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, because that's what has happened everywhere there isn't a TV licence. Except that it hasn't. "Reasonable poster" Oh stop it, my aching sides. From the sidelines
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5:51pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

From the sidelines wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.
Oh yes, because that's what has happened everywhere there isn't a TV licence.

Except that it hasn't.

"Reasonable poster" Oh stop it, my aching sides.
tw4t
[quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, because that's what has happened everywhere there isn't a TV licence. Except that it hasn't. "Reasonable poster" Oh stop it, my aching sides.[/p][/quote]tw4t Inform Al
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11:38am Mon 24 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Inform Al wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.
Oh yes, because that's what has happened everywhere there isn't a TV licence.

Except that it hasn't.

"Reasonable poster" Oh stop it, my aching sides.
tw4t
Not nice when people tell you the truth isn't it!
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, because that's what has happened everywhere there isn't a TV licence. Except that it hasn't. "Reasonable poster" Oh stop it, my aching sides.[/p][/quote]tw4t[/p][/quote]Not nice when people tell you the truth isn't it! camerajuan
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2:56pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

camerajuan wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
From the sidelines wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.
Oh yes, because that's what has happened everywhere there isn't a TV licence.

Except that it hasn't.

"Reasonable poster" Oh stop it, my aching sides.
tw4t
Not nice when people tell you the truth isn't it!
The truth I like, it's posts from tw4ts like you I have difficulty with. Still I suppose you'll grow up one day. You can now have your little girlie last word as responding to your assenine posts is rather futile.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]From the sidelines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: I tend to keep the Beebs news 24 channel on my set as a background if I am not watching a programme, so cannot really criticise them. My concern would be that at some time the licence fee would be removed. What would happen then is that freeview would disappear as all the channels would suddenly move to the high charging TV medias such as SKY and Virgin. Their prices would go through the roof.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, because that's what has happened everywhere there isn't a TV licence. Except that it hasn't. "Reasonable poster" Oh stop it, my aching sides.[/p][/quote]tw4t[/p][/quote]Not nice when people tell you the truth isn't it![/p][/quote]The truth I like, it's posts from tw4ts like you I have difficulty with. Still I suppose you'll grow up one day. You can now have your little girlie last word as responding to your assenine posts is rather futile. Inform Al
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