MSE News: BBC trials new way to pay for a TV licence

The BBC is trialling a simpler way to pay for TV licences to allow those in need to evenly spread payments throughout the year...
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  • donnac2558
    donnac2558 Posts: 3,606
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    You missed out quartly payment plan which I have used for years.
  • Cornucopia
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    edited 5 April 2018 at 10:50PM
    donnac2558 wrote: »
    You missed out quartly payment plan which I have used for years.

    Nope, it has its very own section of the guide called "Don't pay by quarterly direct debit".

    It's not a very MSE way to pay for your Licence, because of the £5 fee.

    The article above is about a brand new initiative from BBC TV Licensing, which addresses 2 main disadvantages of the existing Monthly and Fortnightly plans: the requirement to pay double for the first 6 months, and the requirement to make up missed payments immediately.
  • System
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    Or just get ditch the awful service altogether.

    Watch Fox News for US propaganda, RT for Russian propaganda or the BBC for British propaganda.
  • worried_jim
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    Heng_Leng wrote: »
    Or just get ditch the awful service altogether.

    Watch Fox News for US propaganda, RT for Russian propaganda or the BBC for British propaganda.

    I could quite happily give up the tv license, BBC tv is absolute merde.
  • House_Martin
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    edited 5 April 2018 at 9:47PM
    Maybe if Tony Hall increased the numbers of Capita officers on the job the BBC funding would vastly increase and the BBC would not need to find an alternative payment or funding method.
    Operate a zero tolerance regime on TV licence swindlers and increase the number of Capita officers .

    Last year between 180,000 and 200,000 were issued with a Magistrate court summons which would mostly force the miscreants to pay up, for a change, all done with only around 350 TVL officers in the whole of the UK doing their rounds.
    Does nt seem to be enough officers on the job to me.
    Double it or even triple the number of TV licence officers..Each employee obviously pays its way and makes a good profit for both Capita and the BBC judging by the huge numbers they catch every year.
    There is plenty of meat left on the bone for a much larger TVL workforce.
    They are only scratching the surface when they could be getting half a million a year heading for the magistrate courts with ease being that the pot of fiddlers is so large and increasing year on year.
    36 visits a day is Capitas daily routine target . That is not a lot when " a visit " would include an officer just knocking on the door not getting an answer and walking away..More officers and a higher daily visit level would pay big dividends in lowering TV licence theft
    As a meter reader I can make 300 visits to different properties a day.
    When I started in 1997 as meter reader for the old Y.E.B. our weekly target was 1800 visits with a 70% access rate to obtaining meter readings
    We would nt need to fund the licence fee by income tax or council tax or other methods if they just increased the numbers of TVL officers and worked harder and smarter and made sure to visit properties only in the times that most people will be at home with TV on and blaring out as someone answers the door.
    That would mean the officers only doing their 37 hrs in top access rate hours. 8 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 8 pm and weekends
  • House_Martin
    House_Martin Posts: 1,462 Forumite
    edited 7 April 2018 at 7:11PM
    I could quite happily give up the tv license, BBC tv is absolute merde.
    long shot worried jim , but do you like golf ?
    Good old BBC 2 are showing hours of LIVE US Masters golf from glorious Augusta National on Saturday and the final round on Sunday night.
    Chance hopefully to see Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy battling it out on those super slick greens on one of the worlds best golf courses.
    Thats worth the licence fee on its own.
    And so is Wimbledon tennis and the world snooker coming up soon.
    I m currently watching a brilliant BBC4 prog, "Inside Porton Down :Britain`a Secret Weapons Research Facility "
    Surely you can find something to suit you on the BBC..its not all merde
  • worried_jim
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    long shot worried jim , but do you like golf ?
    Good old BBC 2 are showing hours of LIVE US Masters golf from glorious Augusta National on Saturday and the final round on Sunday night.
    Chance hopefully to see Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy battling it out on those super slick greens on one of the worlds best golf courses.
    Thats worth the licence fee on its own.
    And so is Wimbledon tennis and the world snooker coming up soon

    Sadly not, Formula one. As i said bbc tv is merde. It's finished as a concept. The average age of a bbc1 viewer is 62 and 63 for bbc2. Soon the only live tv will be the news and sports, everything else will be on demand. Are you having a punt on the golf?
  • john539
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    Those in need should be exempt or get free licence, they don't have enough money to live on.
  • System
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    Maybe if Tony Hall increased the numbers of Capita officers on the job the BBC funding would vastly increase and the BBC would not need to find an alternative payment or funding method.
    Operate a zero tolerance regime on TV licence swindlers and increase the number of Capita officers .

    Last year between 180,000 and 200,000 were issued with a Magistrate court summons which would mostly force the miscreants to pay up, for a change, all done with only around 350 TVL officers in the whole of the UK doing their rounds.
    Does nt seem to be enough officers on the job to me.
    Double it or even triple the number of TV licence officers..Each employee obviously pays its way and makes a good profit for both Capita and the BBC judging by the huge numbers they catch every year.
    There is plenty of meat left on the bone for a much larger TVL workforce.
    They are only scratching the surface when they could be getting half a million a year heading for the magistrate courts with ease being that the pot of fiddlers is so large and increasing year on year.
    36 visits a day is Capitas daily routine target . That is not a lot when " a visit " would include an officer just knocking on the door not getting an answer and walking away..More officers and a higher daily visit level would pay big dividends in lowering TV licence theft
    As a meter reader I can make 300 visits to different properties a day.
    When I started in 1997 as meter reader for the old Y.E.B. our weekly target was 1800 visits with a 70% access rate to obtaining meter readings
    We would nt need to fund the licence fee by income tax or council tax or other methods if they just increased the numbers of TVL officers and worked harder and smarter and made sure to visit properties only in the times that most people will be at home with TV on and blaring out as someone answers the door.
    That would mean the officers only doing their 37 hrs in top access rate hours. 8 am to 10 am and 4 pm to 8 pm and weekends

    They could just scramble it and see how much meat people wish to buy.
  • House_Martin
    House_Martin Posts: 1,462 Forumite
    edited 5 April 2018 at 11:02PM
    Sadly not, Formula one. As i said bbc tv is merde. It's finished as a concept. The average age of a bbc1 viewer is 62 and 63 for bbc2. Soon the only live tv will be the news and sports, everything else will be on demand. Are you having a punt on the golf?
    I should have a bet. I m usually not bad in picking the ones with half a chance at taming the greens..The way a former winner Jordan Spieth has started he might well run away with it.
    What about Top Gear then ? surely you re a Jeremy Clarkson fan who was the man behind BBC 2 s best world viewing figures of 350 million.
    Current Top Gear is watchable but Extra Gear later on last week was brill especially Chris Harris tearing around the Dunsford track in a high powered 250 cc Go kart.
    It was so fast even the experienced Chris Harris was shaking at the end of it.
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