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programmes has to pay the fee. But what are we paying for and where does the money go? The TV licensing organisation says the fee provides a range of TV, radio and online content, as well as developing new ways to deliver it. In addition to funding BBC programmes and services, a proportion of the licence fee contributes to the costs of rolling out broadband to the UK population and funding Welsh Language TV channel S4C and local TV channels.
This was agreed with the government as part of the 2010 licence fee settlement. The licence fee allows the BBCs UK services to remain free of adverts and independent of shareholder and political interest. In 2013/14 the BBC reported that, of an average monthly spend of 12. 13 per household, it spent 8 on TV, 2. 30 on radio, 61p on online services, 73p on other services and production costs and 49p on licence fee collection.
The licence fee costs 145. 50 annually. That fee was frozen in 2010 up until March 31, 2017. Do you think it\’s fair that we have to pay for a TV licence in order to (legally) receive television broadcasts? A large amount of the TV licence fee goes towards supporting the BBC and its various TV and radio channels. This means that the BBC doesn\’t have to use advertisements to fund its programs.
While the lack of advertisement within broadcasts is definitely convenient for the viewer, for people who don\’t make use of the BBC\’s services, it\’s a very unnecessary tax. After all, there are plenty of alternatives to the BBC. Of course, you don\’t have to pay for a TV licence; but if you don\’t, you won\’t be able to legally watch live television broadcasts and could be prosecuted if you attempt to.
For this reason, it\’s a bit of a catch 22 for the people who, for whatever reason, don\’t want to support the BBC. Additionally, it seems pretty harsh to prosecute someone for refusing to support the BBC, even if the licence fee is a tax. Having said that, I\’m not sure about what would happen to the BBC if it were forced to fund its projects without the help of the public. So, do you mind paying for a TV licence? If so/not, why?