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    QOTW: Should the TV licence fee be abolished?

    With BBC Three moving online, now's a good time to revisit this contentious subject.
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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    I'd be happy with a defined amount coming from taxation to supply basic tv and radio services.

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    If you use what the BBC provides then it is good value for money !
    But if they get rid off Eastenders and cut out the middle men then im sure a big money hole can be filled in

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    After recent actions, abolish it and show adverts.

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    Yes. Move to subscription based services for all BBC channels.

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    No. It should be increased and tiered with a band added for online content. Viewing online iplayer then dependent on licence fee. The over 70s should not get it free however. That is BS.

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by abaxas View Post
    I'd be happy with a defined amount coming from taxation to supply basic tv and radio services.
    that doesn't work well in the states. Well it does, but not many people see it and the range is very small. And making it from proper taxes opens it to far more political manipulation than the current system we have.

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    yes it should be free,
    why would you want to pay a company that employs paedophiles
    and ceo;s pay themselves large wages 300,000 plus
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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    All I know is it's spelled "licence".

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomthum View Post
    yes it should be free,
    why would you want to pay a company that employs paedophiles
    and ceo;s pay themselves large wages 300,000 plus
    Tom G
    You mean you knew they were employing paedophiles but said nothing?

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    Yes either switch to adverts or strip it down to the essentials. Eg news and some educational documentaries and a few other things and sell off entertainment shows and give the taxpayers a nice rebate from all those TV shows they have funded.

    I must also add the way they act when trying to pursue people that do not need a TV license. They are very rude and purposely lie and trick you to try and get you to pay it.

    The BBC would not be able to survive as a private business. Investors would not be interested in a place where managers are given ridiculously high wages. Same with the NHS which is incredibly inefficient and not cost effective compared to private healthcare because when it's nationalised they don't really care as it is not their money.

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    As someone who doesn't watch much TV anyways. Yes

    I don't watch the BBC and I don't listen to the radio. Abolish it and put adverts on BBC. They would probably make more money anyways.

    We watch Netflix at home and we pay for that.
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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    I heard a year or 2 back they were scrapping the license fee and introducing a 'media license' which would cover any device capable of watching a live feed.

    Not heard anything since then however.

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    Should be moved to a subscription model, no more heavy handed tactics for getting money out of people that don't use a service

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wozza365 View Post
    The BBC would not be able to survive as a private business. Investors would not be interested in a place where managers are given ridiculously high wages. Same with the NHS which is incredibly inefficient and not cost effective compared to private healthcare because when it's nationalised they don't really care as it is not their money.
    That's odd as investors seem happy to invest in companies that pay their mangers 10x the amount of some publicly owned organisations, although I've never really understood how paying a percentage of your profits to shareholders makes a company cost effective or better, i guess i just don't get it.

    Getting back OT i think the licence fee is pretty good value for money but then again i watch a lot on the BBC even if it's just to avoid having to sit through damn adverts.

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    Re: QOTW: Should the TV license fee be abolished?

    Yes. Pay for fewer services by general taxation.

    On the condition that I might be completely misunderstanding the need for any of these; there could be some legit reasons to keep them that I can't think of:

    - Dispose of BBC3
    - Wind down all/most local BBC radio stations (22.8% of total radio expenditure). Sell, or rent out, the buildings. Or convert them to apartments and rent them out ("BBC Housing Service"?) - more housing is always good.
    - BBC Alba? I have no idea how popular this is; maybe lots of people might want it.
    - Keep all national BBC radio stations.
    - All national radio stations should play the exact same news, travel report and national weather report. One newsreader/meteorologist, not one per station. The schedules will need tweaking to accommodate the standard length of them.
    - Do we really need BBC radio in other countries? These are, however, probably useful for espionage & SIGINT purposes.
    - Stop buying TV rights for all major sports & events. No Eurovision, no World Cup, no Tennis, no F1. I know the BBC does it better, but other broadcasters suffice.
    - Does anyone use the "red button+" services? Make them online only, if so. Red Button cost £41.8 million in 2012/13. Ow.
    - Disband the license fee collection service. This apparently costs £111 million per year.
    - £29.2 million is spent on orchestras & peforming groups. Chances are that the current .gov would want to keep the orchestra though. Crazy, IMO, but whatever. Other groups are.... Big Band, Concert Orchestra, National Chorus of Wales, National Orchestra of Wales, Philharmonic, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Singers, Symphony Chorus, Symphony Orchestra.
    - BBC Four also seems to get very low viewership: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B...ch_2011-12.png
    - BBC Parliament should be kept; the public needs to at least have the chance to see politics in action if they can be even slightly bothered.
    - Dispose of Radio 1Xtra & possibly also 5 Extra, 4 Xtra & Asian Network: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:B...ch_2011-12.png
    - Apparently 10% of all court cases involve license fee evasion. This would, I guess, save a YUUUJ amount of money in costs.
    - Perhaps consider making more channels go off-air overnight? They could perhaps just duplicate Radio 4.

    - More scientific shows/series, education, natural history, etc. Maybe even broadcast University lectures.

    I would be the least popular BBC DG ever.
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