That happened a few years back now but yes it shows how bad the BBC's SS department are.www.tvlicenceresistance.info
It might have been a few years back but I dont think it will ever get old :)
Whilst this kind of behaviour is abhorent and the level of this guy's punishment was lamentable, I have no real "issue" with the licence itself. It's a small price to pay to ensure the continuance of the finest public broadcaster in the world. The BBC's services (and there are a lot of them) more than justify the cost of the licence. That it is obligitory is what rankles many people, but without the BBC, the other channels would have no benchmark of quality, impartiality and intelligence.Sure, the BBC can cock things up sometimes, but in the main, it's TV, Radio & Online content is far superior to any of it's competitors.Just for the record, before some anonymous flamer has a dig, I don't work for the BBC and have no vested interest in it or TVL.
I don't have a problem paying for content, but a blanket law on tv sets annoys me. It's old fashioned and unfair. Pay the fee and get a card to unscramble the signal, its worked for satellite amd cable tv for years. Of course they know that would never work in Ireland because nobody actually watches RTE, and if they had to rely on that form of licence they'd have zero income. But that isnt strictly true either because they also generate income from addvertising. We have to pay a licence fee to watch 4 hours of adds between programming everyday. Anyway it doesnt bother me anymore because I'mm getting rid of the tv. Bit Torrent provide excellent programming and doesnt charge a penny :)
Whilst I see your point, and I agree that the licence fee can seem archaic, it's important that it stays. Here's why I think why.The BBC is a PUBLIC service provider. Because of that licence fee it is answerable to the public. We can hold it accountable for it's performance, it's content, it's provision. It HAS to be impartial. How often do you hear about the BBC on the BBC news ?? All the bloody time ! It critiques itself impartially. It hides nothing from anyone. Yes, ITV also has a degree of public service duty but to a much lesser extent.The BBC not only provides at least 8 TV channels, but all the local and national radio services, the fantastic BBC website and other "in the community" based projects like RaW. It creates new programming as well as commisioning some of the best TV & films out there today. It's news coverage is second to none. It's childrens services and educational material is the envy of the world.It's all too easy to brush the BBC off as "just another channel" but compare what the BBC do to Sky, ITV, Virgin, whoever, and they all fall way short of the quantity and quality of service provided by the BBC. We pay IRO £135 a year for the BBC. If I logged my annual usage of all of their services and products, I know it would equate to the most amazing value for money.
I laughed :-/