November 26th, 2008

TV licensing

The BBC often refer to the unique way they're funded, i.e. they don't have adverts because everyone with a TV has to pay a licence fee. In theory, this means that they don't have to pander to popular tastes, and I've heard Americans speak about this in amazement (e.g. watching fly fishing on BBC2). In practice, it doesn't always work out that way, and the main objection to the system is that you can't "vote with your wallet". They're not perfect, but they do some good stuff, so I don't begrudge them my licence fee; frankly, it's worth it just for Doctor Who.

Having said that, I'm far less happy by the TV Licensing organisation. They've recently been sending me threatening letters, despite the fact that I've had a licence in my flat since 1st July 2004.

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