Saying goodbye to my Licence fee
I got a red letter in the post today. It was a demand for me to pay £145.50 to the UK TV Licensing authority. I’ve always been a license payer. Admittedly, I was usually late in paying it, but I paid it nonetheless. As a former BBC radio broadcaster I felt it was hypocritical not to.
But this year I’m not paying. And I’m pretty excited about it.
You see, the license is for people who “watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV” – and it’s this last bit that isn’t done in my home. Neither I nor my girlfriend nor my daughter watch TV as it is being aired. Yes, we watch television. We consume a lot of content on the iPlayer, rent TV series on DVD and use other online methods of watching programmes – but that’s not what the license is for.
And that kind of baffles me.
I’ve admitted that we consume a lot of BBC content but the license states that we’re not liable to pay for it. And I’m sure there’s an increasing number of people like me in the country. Is this another situation where the system is lagging behind behaviour change? Am I just a strange freak who is out of line with the rest of the world?
Whatever the reason, I’m happy. In fact, I’m £145.50 happier than I was yesterday. So I’m going to treat myself by watching something on the iPlayer.