There is an online campaign to encourage everyone to boycott the BBC on Friday 21st June to show the public’s anger at the corporation for removing the free TV licence for all pensioners over 75 years old.
To be fair though this was a decision forced on the BBC by the current Tory Government in Westminster. Despite making a manifesto commitment to maintain the free TV licence for all pensioners over 75, the Tories simply got around that by passing the responsibility of this to the BBC – without passing the full funding. Only pensioners over 75 who claim (or they partner claims) Pension Credit will now get a free TV licence – meaning the vast majority will now have to pay out £154.50 per year.
However, in their usual cack-handed way the BBC simply did the bidding of their Tory masters and found an excuse to slash the free TV budget while maintaining the money they need to pay the excessive executive salaries for their part time directors and of course the exorbitant fees for their main presenters. There have been plenty of posts online highlighting just how much the BBC think their own directors are worth, never mind the eye watering salaries they give to the likes of Gary Linekar and co. The online campaign has been picked up by some of the right wing newspapers (well apart from the National, most of them are right wing rags), who are stoking this up as another stick to beat up the BBC.
There have also been a few petitions doing the rounds including AgeUK who highlight the importance of accessing TV for elderly people (petition can be found here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/our-impact/campaigning/save-free-tv-for-older-people/) as well as petitions to the UK Parliament, one of which has reach the 100,000 limit required to ensure a debate in Westminster about this issue. As yet no date has been agreed, but even if it does go ahead the debate cannot force the government to act.
Although the boycott may be a good sign to allow the public to show their dissatisfaction with the BBC maybe something stronger is required – such as a mass boycott of TV licences.
Scotland is poorly served by the BBC – its output is so bad that it would make Pravda blush. Only yesterday a good news report about a reduction in alcohol sales is turned into a bad news story by the usual BBC Scotland reporters finding anyone off the street who disagrees with the policy and giving them all the airtime they need to slag off the policy. More information on this and the BBC’s many failings in Scotland can be found at https://informscotland.com/. Even at the Women’s World Cup the BBC find a way at insulting Scottish viewers:
The BBC will find it difficult to ever recover from their showing at the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014, where their anti-Scottish bias was clear for everyone to see. This has been summarised in the documentary London Calling which can be found online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXQYuLUAbyw. This documentary is based on the excellent book by G A Ponsonby: http://bit.ly/BBCstolethereferendum.
More and more people are realising that they are simply paying a TV licence to allow the BBC to broadcast misinformation and lies to them. This has led to an increase in the number of people cancelling their TV licence, or simply refusing to pay for one in the first place.
There is lots of information online on how to legally stop paying your TV licence and I’m sure that this would have a far greater impact on the BBC than a one day boycott. As long as you don’t watch live TV or BBC iplayer then you do not need a TV licence. You can watch catch up TV, Netflix, Amazon or whoever and do not require a TV licence. The BBC pays Capita to collect the TV licence – but these people from Capita have no powers to ask you any questions – so don’t reply to them and don’t let them into your house.
Further information can be found at: https://tvlicenceresistance.info/
How to deal with TV Licensing Harassment: