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Rita

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BBC licence fee must be axed
« on: January 17, 2016, 03:21:52 PM »
Seen in a national paper today :

"A petition backed by 170,000 people calling for the BBC licence fee to be axed  is to be presented to Parliament this week.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen , who has been leading the campaign to decriminalise non-payment of the fee, is expected to present the petition on Wednesday.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport recently completed its review of the BBC Charter.
The petition urges the department to end the fee  because it says it discriminates against low-income families and gives an unfair advantage to one broadcaster.
The BBC charter expires at the end of this year".

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Re: Threat to news as BBC Trust chief warns of tough cutbacks
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2016, 10:55:14 PM »
Seen in a national paper today:

"Rolling news on the BBC is at risk of being axed to cut costs , the Trust's chairman has indicated.
Rona Fairhead  said programmes and some services will be hit as a result of its "tough" financial settlement last year.
But Scotland could get a separate television channel as part of the shake-up.
Pressed over whether the BBC's news channel is facing the ace, Ms. Fairhead  said "nothing is off the table".
She said yesterday "Everything is being looked at.  It's a tough settlement but the executive will work out what it is that they need to cut, the efficiencies will be put, the priority will,be on making sure the programmes and stations that people listen to will be protected as much as possible.
I can't say that anything is off the table.  It's not.  We have been very clear from the start that everything will be done to improve e efficiency but that it is likely that some programmes and potentially, some services will be affected".
Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for more Scottish programming and a dedicated channel.
Asked about the possibility, Ms. Fairhead replied "I think we are looking at all options right now".
Director-General Lord Hall agreed a behind-the-scenes  deal with George Osborne in July, under which the BBCwill begin to take on the 725 million cost of free licences for the over-75s.
The corporation has said that the move is the equivalent of a 10 per cent reduction to its budget.  Lord Hall is understood to have received an assurance in November that the Government does not plan to use the current review of its Royal Charter to scrap the licence fee or impose further cuts".
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Re: BBC licence fee must be axed
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2016, 12:32:50 PM »
"A star-studded propaganda  campaign encouraging the over-75s to give up their free TV licences  was condemned last night. The BBC is considering enlisting a galaxy of stars to convince older people to forgo the perk or make a contribution towards its cost.  Household names like Sir Terry Wogan, Dame Helen Mirren, Sir Michael Parkinson and other so-called "silver celebrities" could be asked to front the cause. Historically  the Government has met the cost of free licences for over 75s.  In 2013-2014 the bill was 608 million , a fifth of the BBC's budget.  But the BBC will take over full liability for the free licences from 2020-2021 and is looking at ways of softening the financial impact.  Paul Green of retirement specialists Saga said "It makes for uncomfortable reading that the BBC is rumoured to be considering using well-known celebrities to put pressure on older people to pay more money on the same day charities have been publicly lambasted for pressuring older people to give money to charity.  The future funding of the BBC should not be about gimmicks with celebrities tugging on the conscience of older viewers".  Director-general Lord Hall has commissioned an investigation to explore how the BBC could recoup some of the money.  One suggestion is a publicity-drive  spearheaded by trusted figures, yet the idea of the BBC going cap-in-hand to Britain's pensioners has caused alarm, particularly as figures show almost four million older people say TV is their main source of company. Veteran presenter Noel Edmonds, 67, said "If people,voluntarily want to pay their TV licence that is fine, but to put them under any moral,pressure is entirely wrong". There are people suffering real hardship, particularly more mature citizens.  To even suggest they would lose the licence fee when it is being used for so many other purposes, is scandalous". Dot Gibson, general secretary of the National Pensioners Convention , said "One of the reasons we have the free TV licence in the first place is because our state pension remains one of the lowest in the developed world.  It's worrying if the BBC is going to use famous, wealthy older celebrities to persuade pensioners to give up their TV licence.  Many older, vulnerable people might be taken in by this when they should be protected.  The Chancellor has managed to privatise Government cuts at the expense of Britain's older generation.  The Government should take back responsibilty for the free TV licence or we'll see it cut by 976.5 million in wages for the year ending 2014-2015 up from 955 million  the year before.  Head count is also up with the BBC employing  18,974 full-time staff compared with 18,674 the previous year.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport  said "People aged 75 and over will still receive a free TV licence  under the terms of our agreement with the BBC".

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Wrong to bully peple into giving up free TV licence
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2016, 10:38:14 PM »
Seen in an opinions column of a national paper on 26.1.16:-

"BBC bosses are planning a propaganda campaign to encourage over-75s to voluntarily give up their free TV licences.  Household names such as Dame Helen Mirren are being lined up to play a role in the efforts.
If people decide they want to make a contribution to the BBC's coffers that is perfectly acceptable.  However, pressuring pensioners into giving up a perk to which they are fully entitled is another thing entirely.
Nobody who is over the age of 75 should be made to feel guilty for accepting a free TV licence .  And yet some people - raised in an era when nobody expected to get something for nothing - will feel that way in the face of the BBC's emotional blackmail.
This comes despite the fact that after a lifetime of contributing to the system they fully deserve the right to enjoy television for free during their retirement.
There are many better ways for the BBC to save some money .  To name but a few they could start cutting back on over-paid managers , generous expense accounts and wasteful spending across the corporation.
Having multi-millionaire celebrities  deliver lectures on why the over 75s should voluntarily support this bloated institution is patronising and unnecessary.
If the BBC cannot adapt to a smaller budget that is the fault of the staff for failing to change with the times.
The over 75s should not be asked to pay the price".



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