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Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

Minivanman
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Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

Had to happen I suppose and all cards are on the table with this being considered by the BBC - but what a rotten thing to do and yes, it would affect me as there is nearly a ten year age gap between myself and Mrs Minivanman which would mean this old codger having to wait until he's 85 before qualifying for that free television licence!

Bonkers, barmy and mean all at the same time. Must be some kind of record.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/may/22/over-75s-lose-free-tv-licence-bbc-proposal

 

 

 

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I believe they should do away with the TV licence altogether , let them sell adverts to get income !! in works for every other channel 

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

Indeed, want to raise revenue? Bring back dog licences, only this time at £100 a pop - or should that be a poop. 

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

Not sure how bringing back the dog licence would help the BBCWink

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

Yes,it's unfortunate, but as the BEEB is not government with its unlimited funds from your and my pockets, it'll have to find ways to finance itself. Personally I'd rather forego a free or subsidised licence than our principal entertainment media go commercial with all its high ethical standards Roll eyes

@Minivanman One plus for you is your young spouse to look after the old codger; I hope that's so!Smiley

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

SWMBO is 9.5 years younger than me so I have to survive another 3 years ( until I'm 85) so she's guaranteed freebie if they still exist.

Current 3 year licence runs until June 2019.

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

I would like to know what the BBC spends its TV tax on anyway. 

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Full annual report and accounts available here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutthebbc/insidethebbc/howwework/reports/ara

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

It's time the licence was scrapped completely.

It would be different if paying for the licence gave me some say in how the money was spent. A sort of shareholder.

The BBC is more like an elite club where membership entitles you to have an overpaid job for life.

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

All this talk of age 85? SWMBO is 5 years older than me - I've endured toy-boy remarks for 44 years - she got her free licence when she turned 75...

Has something changed?

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

As someone with no TV license (I only watch catch up and IPTV *not the BBC iplayer*) I fully expect the TV licence to be scrapped over the next few years anyway.

 

It seems silly to me that we're all forced to pay for the BBC regardless of the quality of their output.

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

if the licence is scapped then it'll just mean the general taxation is increased to cover the short-fall.
those who think the BBC will suddenly start paying for itself with no licence fee are deluded.

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

I fail to see how they would be unable to support themselves via advertising if they wished it.

 

The reason I think that the TV licence has its best days behind it is because younger people no longer watch TV in the same way that previous generations have.

 

The new rules are

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to

  • watch or record live TV programmes on any channel
  • download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.

 

Myself and many like me can now watch as much TV as we like without having to pay, this will quickly become unsustainable and they will either as you say have to change how its funded (via direct taxation or some other method) or the BBC will have to adapt and become a commercial organisation

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?


JonoH wrote:

I fail to see how they would be unable to support themselves via advertising if they wished it.

 


that's the key point.
Would we want the BBC to be full of ads to fund itself?
one of the main gripes about TV is the amount of ads.

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Re: Free TV licence for the elderly under threat?

@chenks76 - very true about the ads, but as I rarely watch TV live anyway, the FF button is very useful.Smiley

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