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TV free licence

Today there has been demonstrations by pensioners, Checking the BBC news website there is no mention of them although other news websites are reporting on them!! I wonder why?

When checking for news on this I see that is a report that the BBC is having a six month consultation  with the Isle Of Man government about withdrawing the free licence for over 75s there and have to do the same with Jersey and Guernsey.Sad

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I have been to Jersey and Gurnsey.

They are self-governed. Our government has no control over them. They use the paaand, but it is on their own notes. 1 to 1 on the Britsh paaand, but you'd have to exchange them in a bank when you get back to the UK, I don't think many places would accept them here.

I have never been there, but I believe the Isle of Man is near enough the same. A friend from Uni moved there. The only way he did it was a company have to sponser you. You can't just move there. AFAIK and all that.

EDIT: The Queen is the head of state, like she is here.

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BBC News reported on the Licence being withdrawn after 20years but never explained why they had taken it on in the first place. Usual BBC spin and whitewash!!!Angry

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When the Queen goes to the Channel Islands she appears to undergo reversible gender reassignment and becomes the Duke of Normandy.  The loyal toast on the Islands is to "The Duke of Normandy, our Queen."  Who knows, that toast might prove highly appropriate for a future male 'Duke'.

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@TTman  

The BBC never did voluntarily "take it on".

The scheme started in 2000, paid for by the government.

In 2015/16 or thereabouts, the government withdrew funding, and the BBC had to bear the cost.

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@198kHz Did not say that the BBC voluntarily did take it on. It was part of the negotiations for the new charter and the BBC agreed to it to get better terms for the charter as I understand it. Quite happy to be corrected if I have got this wrong.Smiley

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@TTman  Sorry about slight misunderstanding.

 

Haven't looked into it in depth, but I believe what you say is correct.

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In these days of anti-discrimination I find it strange that so many channels don't have subtitles.  Shouldn't the government insist that all TV programmes had subtitles?

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I find it strange that the blind only get 50% discount effectivly making it a radio where you need a license.

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Edit to above as it's  too late to edit that post now.

Should have read you don't need a license for a radio.

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It actually makes sense either way.

Perhaps they are taking into account that many registered blind people actually have some vision.

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Their website actually says the concession doesn't apply to partially sighted or sight impaired. 

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That law is insane.

£150 a year for the sqaure root of nothing. It is not a license, it is a tax.

I said in another thread, they're just bullies.

Noel Edmons does well at paying his, doesn't he?

They annoyed me at Uni, and I knew how to deal with them. QED and all that.

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There will be fewer over 75's remaining to pay TV licenses once Covid has seen them off !

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Well they don't have rights to enter your property.

You can tell them politely to Foxtrot Oscar (better not say the more sweary version of that!).

They would need a warrant from the court to break into your house.

I know a bit about the legal system, I did Jury Service (blessing in disguse) and have given evidence in court.

They are pretty brutal, I'll say no more. Nope I didn't do anything wrong 😇