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https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1336083/BBC-news-latest-corporation-millions-licence-fee-payments-television-Netflix?fbclid=IwAR2hJvT9zBh5KJslHyUySq8_Gua-g3eRB0caJsNfRNwOZnpnG3glergK-eY

THE BBC has lost nearly £40million in income as 237,000 less households are paying the licence fee than they did last year.

Overall, the BBC’s licence fee revenue fell by £170million in the past year as the Government also cut support used to provide free licences to those aged over 75.

 

 

The BBC is struggling in particular with young people who the report found watch nearly as much content on YouTube as produced by the corporation.

 

 

Currently the average person aged between 16 and 34 watches just seven and a half hours of BBC content, a figure significantly lower than for older age groups.

 

 

Overall, the proportion of the country that watches BBC1 at least once a week fell from 68 percent to 65.4 percent.

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I pay 2 licences but only 1 soon now the London flat is pointless & getting the boot.

I don't feel its particularly expensive or cheap, but if I ever have a 2nd home again I won't get a 2nd licence as 95% of my BBC consumption is Radio.  Wife loves the telly though so can't ditch licence entirely.

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Why do they say young people? I am over 50. I probably watch it once a month for 20 seconds, before I am reminded how much I detest it. We just renewed our license, but on a monthly basis since once The law is changed about decriminalisation I will stop then. I can’t be bothered with hassle. But we do not have satellite, aerial or cable. When we moved to Canada and were exposed to the worlds worst television, with The most ads per hour, we cut the cord then. Been Netflix, Prime and Youtube since. Have to admit though, Netflix is getting rubbish, and Prime is worse. Reading is the way ahead!

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BBC is very valued by those that use it, the cost is not that different to other subscription services that some choose to pay for, thousands do not.....what the TV licence is a tax that all with a tv pay for.......the radio is better than the tv programmes, and reading is another great alternative.

BBC sells programming all over the world for profit......some can watch it for free in other countries whilst we pay for it.

I do support the BBC as long as they are prudent using  tax payers money......we saw the salaries of some of the top paod people last week, some have had a drop in salary......they are still working there because they are still very well paid.;)

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49 minutes ago, winkie said:

BBC is very valued by those that use it, the cost is not that different to other subscription services that some choose to pay for, thousands do not.....what the TV licence is a tax that all with a tv pay for.......the radio is better than the tv programmes, and reading is another great alternative.

BBC sells programming all over the world for profit......some can watch it for free in other countries whilst we pay for it.

I do support the BBC as long as they are prudent using  tax payers money......we saw the salaries of some of the top paod people last week, some have had a drop in salary......they are still working there because they are still very well paid.;)

The core problem is the principle that it is a tax on all those who own a TV or might watch iPlayer. Hence there is no feedback to the BBC which might determine the content they serve up.

It is no different to paying a standard charge to your local supermarket for food, but having no say in whether they deliver meat if you are a vegetarian.

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It's the same with independent TV and radio, it's just that the charge is indirect. In the real world there's no way to avoid paying that indirect charge even though you think you have control, you have none. As I say, no TV or radio company does it for free and I'm not going to the supermarket armed with a huge list of who and who has not got an advertising budget. 

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59 minutes ago, winkie said:

the cost is not that different to other subscription services

It is more than double Netflix or Prime. The same as having both together and then you get free delivery on Amazon.

BBC programming is total isht.

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7 minutes ago, Locke said:

It is more than double Netflix or Prime. The same as having both together and then you get free delivery on Amazon.

BBC programming is total isht.

I’ve given up on both Prime, Netflix and so on and effectively ‘gone back’ to the BBC.  Too much tv about anyway and most of it is meh. Wouldn’t surprise me if we’ve got to the tv version of ‘peak stuff’....

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3 hours ago, HovelinHove said:

Why do they say young people? I am over 50. I probably watch it once a month for 20 seconds, before I am reminded how much I detest it. We just renewed our license, but on a monthly basis since once The law is changed about decriminalisation I will stop then. I can’t be bothered with hassle. But we do not have satellite, aerial or cable. When we moved to Canada and were exposed to the worlds worst television, with The most ads per hour, we cut the cord then. Been Netflix, Prime and Youtube since. Have to admit though, Netflix is getting rubbish, and Prime is worse. Reading is the way ahead!

You and me both! I just blatantly use piratebay these days to download anything of interest. Currently snacking on the Curse of Oak Island which is Time Team on steroids!

We still have a license as my wife loves the Covid fear porn.. and Casualty/Eastenders/My Dog is a Chav etc etc

 

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2 hours ago, pig said:

I’ve given up on both Prime, Netflix and so on and effectively ‘gone back’ to the BBC.  Too much tv about anyway and most of it is meh. Wouldn’t surprise me if we’ve got to the tv version of ‘peak stuff’....

For sure, the music makers and dreamers of dreams are creatively bankrupt and have been for a long time. Hence, "Toy Story 4", "Avengers 17", "Call of Duty 9", "Mulan 2: Muslim Concentration Camp Edition".

Sailing the high seas and using a Plex server looks to be the way to go. Pay for things which you actually really enjoy in order to aid their continued creation.

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As someone who never watches TV in any form, and is therefore is legally living without a TV licence, the talk of a move to decriminalisation is a big worry.

The current criminal status means it would need to be proven beyond reasonable doubt that I'm breaking the law, through some form of evidence or a confession. Both of which would need to be fabricated.

Decriminalisation would move it to balance of probabilities... and I wouldn't be at all surprised to find myself before a magistrate who says "So you have a TV, and you don't watch it? Not even a little bit? Not even those fabulous sporting events? What about when the family are round at Xmas? Come off it, you're not fooling me. Guilty as charged, pay up."

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1 hour ago, Fishfinger said:

You and me both! I just blatantly use piratebay these days to download anything of interest. Currently snacking on the Curse of Oak Island which is Time Team on steroids!

We still have a license as my wife loves the Covid fear porn.. and Casualty/Eastenders/My Dog is a Chav etc etc

 

My wife and I are very aligned on COVID...no fear here. Might even do a bit of sightseeing at 12.00pm Saturday 26th September in Trafalgar Square this week...of course not there to join a huge illegal demonstration for freedom at the same time.

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