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169 letters to date; most recent May 2021 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 £157.50 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 2021

This is my fifteenth year as someone who does not pay the BBC. I have saved £2,299 and, assuming 50p a letter, cost the BBC a further £81 in postage.

Brown 9 by 6 envelope, with window. The letter was dated "December", odd given that I had already received a letter the previous month - but I am counting it as January, as that's when it arrived.

January 2021 (2nd version)

White 9" by 6" envelope.

February 2021

Brown 9" by 4" envelope.

March 2021

White 9" by 6" envelope.

April 2021

White 9" by 4" envelope.

May 2021

Brown 9" by 6" envelope.

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

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