TV No Longer Free ? Part Two

This follows on from my last post about the BBC reviewing the free TV licenses currently given to all over 75’s.

The Beeb is launching a consultation, which means they would like to scrap free licences, but they don’t know if they can get away with it. So here are a few options they might like to consider :-

  • Boldly bite the bullet and scrap it altogether —- people will be upset for a while, the Government will say it is shameful, but the stars obviously do need more money to pay for that change of clothes each day and their lavish lifestyles.
  • Ask old people to voluntarily pay the license fee —- this has already been suggested as an idea, but I can’t see too many older people falling for it.
  • Means test the entitlement ——- another bright idea, but it will cost a lot to administer unless they get more of those detector vans with the rotating aerials.  Maybe they could disguise them as ice-cream vans.
  • Some bright spark has already thought of raising the age of eligibility.  Currently it’s 75, why not make it 105.  There won’t be too many people claiming free licences then!

Here are some alternative suggestions for cutting the budget :-

  • Sack all the staff with ‘assistant’ in their job title.
  • Shut down the 24-hour news channel and just have 1 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock news.
  • What’s BBC3 ? Does anybody watch it ?  Would they notice if you closed it down?
  • You might as well say the same for BBC4.
  • There has been lots of concern about older presenters getting fired, so adopt a new policy of employing more over 75’s in future.
  • Come to that why not give all the jobs to over 75’s ?  I will bet they could be camera men and interviewers and editors and costume designers and everything else.   Then with their higher salaries I am sure they would not mind paying the TV license.

There’s just one problem, which the BBC may have overlooked in considering removing free TV licences.   Older people watch much more television than younger people.   In particular they watch the BBC much more than other viewers.  Younger viewers have already migrated to YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, if they watch TV at all.

Over 55’s account for 63% of all BBC 1 viewers, even though they only make up 31% of the UK population.   News at one has 82% of its viewers over 55.   Brassing all these older people off by charging for the licence fee could well result in the BBC having far less viewers and losing their place in the audience ratings.  In turn this could mean the Government decides to reconsider the massive grant it already gives to the BBC.

This ought to make the BBC think twice before removing the free TV licences for older people.  

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2 Responses to TV No Longer Free ? Part Two

  1. Alex Robinson says:

    I have no doubt that this publicity is all part of the BBC setting out their case to shame the government into reviwing the position. The protagonists are sparring prior to the actual decision (if it happens at all.)

    An interesting report from the Times suggests that, because of successive recent government policies to protect older people (such as the triple poension lock), pensioners are the least likely group to be homeless. Put another way – pensioners are relatively well off!

    So your first suggestion of scrapping the free licence scheme (which was only introduced in 2001) looks the most likely.

  2. Beeb
    Alas dear yourath, where have my eyes and ears gone too? Dear Romans?
    John has painted a picture, and Alex has added the response!!! Quoting the ‘’Times- Thunderer’’!!
    I am but a mortal, and becoming an ancient one at that! And may be a monument in stone? However I Challenge you all, including the reader, responder and writer of the piece.
    Question for you all???
    What is the ‘licence fee’ as we know it in the UK? To whom does it benefit, the ‘national broadcasting Organisation/Corporation, for instance just the BBC??? or the other commercial channels such as The
    ‘interdependent broadcasters’ in their various guises? Or the modern communication operative [‘U’ Tube-twitter- face-to-face skype- snowflake? And the many variations.] I ask the question in earnest, and from the point of view of ignorance, being older and not ‘’plugged in’’ to the younger generation, and their media of information exchange?
    Such as quoted above and Skype-twitter-facebook and more?
    Historically- have we forgotten the conflict and world wars and the cold war of the 20th century? Here I just question the methods of communication, and its infrastructure/[satellites/masts/cables/radio waves of all frequency and the frequency of light: All methods used to transmit information/communication? Here I ask which government or country of alliegences actually control the science of communication, and its transmission.
    For instance does ‘BRITEX’ include trade as well as defence? Or am I confused???-Answers on a postcard please to the usual address.
    Alex [all be it quoting the Times] suggests with respect us oldies are cosseted and wrapped in cotton wool?
    All I may say/add is not all oldies are dependent holey on the state: However ‘’middle England and those who have lead a responsible life; raised a family and are caring for older and all age groups of members of the family, have a right to speak; and a little recognition in the form of entertainment/ information and education, such as the ‘gifted free’ [ for the over 75’s] TV licence is in my opinion a positive thank you by the UK government body which is deeply appreciated!!!

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