Is this the end of civilisation as we know it?
The Tories want a state broadcaster. Just like Russia and North Korea.
Do you have other channels in Pommieland, or is it only the Beeb? The way we hear things over here, it would seem that the BBC is the only provider, which I sincerely doubt. What happens if you don't buy a license? Can they prove you've been watching their content even if all you have is a DVD player and a TV? What if there is an aerial on the roof and no TVs in the house?
They used to have TV detector vans which sat outside non-licence paying homes and tried to pick up signals and if caught people were fined up to
£1000. My friend's sister and her husband were targeted by them when their daughter was small. They were in a weird religion that seemed to ban TV
but allow videos so they had a TV and a VCR which played videos only. The detector folk stopped by several times trying to prove they were watching TV
as well, but they weren't. If their experience is anything to go by it would be easier to buy a licence or even get rid of the TV/VCR.
As to channels, we have hundreds but only the BBC gets licence money. The other public broadcaster, Channel 4, is allowed to have adverts to fund programming but they need to put on minority programming as well as their other stuff.
How would they pick up signals? TVs are recievers, unless those conspiracy theorists are right. Tinfoil Hat time, methinks. Does this mean that if you have a TV and never watch the Beeb, they are still going to slug you? That sounds unfair.
it was how Auntie came into existence, before the commercial channels existed.
I have no problem, with the license, as long as Auntie's independent. Sadly, the Tories want it to be run by a fair chunk of their appointees, who'll all be Murdoch cronies, which will make it about as independent as the old Politburo was.
The BBC are apparently demanding the names and addresses of those who pay for Sky and the like to make sure they have also paid for a licence.
I must say though, it goes against the grain when I talk to people who claim they only use iPlayer and so do not pay for a licence.