Letters for 2016 Questions and Answers
Letters for 2015 Comparison with 1974 (and other letters)
Letters for 2014 BBC reaction to this site
Letters for 2013 "Please do not write below this line"
Letters for 2012 Tips for avoiding TVL/BBC harassment
Letters for 2011 TVL/BBC's detection figures and other untruths
Letters for 2010 What about TV Detector vans?
Letters for 2009 Detect the Detector vans
Letters for 2008 TVL - a question of identity
Letters for 2007 DVD offer
Letters for 2006 Links and Contact

125 letters to date; most recent November 2017 Must read

Letters from BBC Television Licensing

From the beginning of 2006, I decided not to renew my television licence. I found that my television viewing consisted almost entirely of tapes of old programmes purchased off Ebay, and that my watching of broadcast television was less than an hour a week. I therefore decided to stop watching broadcast television, and I now spend the £147 saved from the TV licence fee on video tapes and DVDs. It is a good decision; I now pay for what I watch, and not for what I don't watch.

The only fly in the ointment has been aggressive letters from TV Licensing (TVL), which collects the licence fee on behalf of the BBC. TVL/BBC sends millions of letters every year to people who do not watch broadcast television, demanding payment. For many people, these letters can be very frightening.

But the letters are a bluff; they are computer-generated. TVL/BBC have none of the powers their letters imply and, with a little knowledge, people can stand up to the bullies. The purpose of this website is to share my TVL/BBC letters as I receive them, and to provide useful information for people who have no time for the BBC.

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January 2017

This is my twelfth year as someone who does not pay the BBC. I have saved £1,693 and, assuming 50p a letter, cost the BBC a further £57 in postage.

White 9 by 4 envelope.

February 2017

A brown envelope with two windows, one to show my address, and the other to expose the blue words "Will you be in on 20th February?"

March 2017

White 9 by 6 envelope

April 2017

9 by 6 white envelope. You know. We know. Pathetic.

May 2017

Brown 9 by 6 envelope

June 2017

Brown 9 by 6 envelope

September 2017

White 9 by 4 envelope.

October 2017

Brown envelope, 9 by 4

November 2017

Christmassy red envelope, 9 by 6

Stay tuned for another TVL/BBC letter, next month.

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