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JohnMitten Posted on 10/06/2019 14:54
BBC ditch free TV licence for over 75s

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For people who watch BBC TV and are over 75, you will soon have to pay for this service.

At least your hard earned will help Leicester's favourite son live the life he has become accustomed to.
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stokiefox Posted on 10/06/2019 15:02
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Never mind Our Gary ..worra about Claudia Winklestein get £600k for making a fool of herself on Dancing on Ice!!!

[sad]
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Oadlad Posted on 10/06/2019 15:03
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No surprise, they have been flying that kite for months. Another few millions not going into the high street...
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thringyfox Posted on 10/06/2019 15:05
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Not if you're 75 and single
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m4DD0gg Posted on 10/06/2019 15:20
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Would have thought most members on here will be thrilled with that news.
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kendalfox Posted on 10/06/2019 15:49
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I bloody aint for one, considering I dont use the crappy service
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sixthswan Posted on 10/06/2019 16:30
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The government are to blame, for shifting responsibility for the concessions and decisions about them to the BBC. Leaving the corporation with a potential funding black hole.
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Oadlad Posted on 10/06/2019 16:39
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Correct, and now say they are 'disappointed'!
To continue you have to be on pension credits. What is the worry is that it opens the door to a variable price structure.
I see that Netflix is considering a two level tariff - one free of ads and a cheaper one with ads...

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TheAddersFox Posted on 10/06/2019 17:08
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The over 75’s should pay double they’re the only ones left with any money in this country
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mickyhoss Posted on 10/06/2019 17:15
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We've had free licence for the last 14 years so can't grumble.
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Timbucktoo Posted on 10/06/2019 17:22
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You would have thought that people over 75 would have more sense than to watch that Sh*te anyway.
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mickyhoss Posted on 10/06/2019 17:51
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Sky Sports Racing, Racing TV. Thats all I use. Binned BT and Sky Football
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harwichfox Posted on 10/06/2019 18:10
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The government have dumped this on them the same as they've done to local councils blaming them for cuts when its they who've cut the funding.
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kendalfox Posted on 10/06/2019 18:22
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I have'nt watched terrestrial TV for years Its crap and has been for donkeys to much Soaps and reality rubbish
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TheCraftyOldFox Posted on 10/06/2019 19:01
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Yes, you have to finance the Champagne Left Wingers at the Beeb ..... Stop paying it in protest, they can't lock us all up ....

Gutter Broadcasters ... Hopefully if people protest enough, it will be a nail in the coffin of the BBC ....
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Timbucktoo Posted on 10/06/2019 23:08
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It will be interesting to know if that well-known champagne socialist Lineker can ever look anyone over 75 in the eye again.[:(]
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nagerz Posted on 11/06/2019 02:10
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I have never seen the justification in the License fee.

Even less so now, with Netflix and Amazon. How they can enforce it if they pop round and you have a streaming service playing is beyond me.

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LeicesterRino Posted on 11/06/2019 06:41
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Just think of it as TV tax, like road tax
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JohnMitten Posted on 11/06/2019 12:30
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I am not eligible for the Over 75's free TV licence but I have now signed the petition to try and get the BBC/Tories to reverse the decision.
OK, the Beeb were dropped in it by the government but whichever way you look at it, it is a very cheap shot at some very decent people, whilst the less honourable get it for FREE.
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Oadlad Posted on 11/06/2019 13:00
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This decision is nothing to do with any individual (who is freelance anyway) and efforts to suggest that are cynical diversionary tactics.
And the fee is to watch everything on a receiving device.
Netflix and Now, both of which I subscribe to, are not proper services, but suppliers of specific and optional types of programmes. The cost of them is a minimum of £208 per annum, fifty quid more than the world's best TV service.
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hackneyfox Posted on 11/06/2019 13:04
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oadlad[^]
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hackneyfox Posted on 11/06/2019 13:05
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cof
What's a champagne socialist and how should they stop being one?
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sixthswan Posted on 11/06/2019 13:11
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You are only allowed a social conscience if you are poor. Makes sense...
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glosfox Posted on 11/06/2019 13:25
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Unfortunately the BBC is publicly funded. And, along with every thing else that is publicly funded, it's bucked!

Police
Fire Serice
NHS
Schools
Roads
Armed Forces
Social Services

Etc, etc
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LuckyBag Posted on 11/06/2019 14:20
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if you wanna see ants humping, then iguess the bbc is great.

if you wanna get brain drivel for dudes like harwich fox, its a surefire winner. clap like a seal harwich.

no one should be forced to pay for a service, and it is a service. to suggest that the suppliers of strictly bum dancing has a similar function the as the nhs, fire service at al,. is a joke.

Link: best in the world
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Oadlad Posted on 11/06/2019 16:51
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I don't think it is a joke.
Public services are to provide essentials and rights.
It is a right to be treated for ill health, to be educated and be protected from life dangers.
It is also a right to be informed about the world we live in as well as everyday information about weather etc.
These things cannot be left to profiteers as they are not primarily concerned with any other than exploiting us for their advantage.
The other factor is affordability and ensuring that these rights are within reach of everybody.
I will accept the right to withdrawal when taxes are optional and if I can withdraw from paying for the Royals or church subsidies.
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LuckyBag Posted on 11/06/2019 16:58
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youll ACCEPT the right to withdraw (from one unfair tax), when other (unfair taxes) are on the negotiating table. and not until!!! thats the spirit. yoi tell em. [:D]
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mac_ Posted on 11/06/2019 17:01
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Date: 11.07.2018 Last updated: 11.07.2018 at 12.00
Category: BBC Studios
• BBC Studios delivers profit in its first year as a commercial subsidiary
• BBC Worldwide EBITDA up 42% and returns to the BBC remain stable at £210m
• Results demonstrate a strong base for the newly integrated BBC Studios, which began trading on 3 April 2018
BBC Studios today announces the 2017/2018 financial results for BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, the BBC’s wholly-owned commercial subsidiaries which formed a single integrated group, BBC Studios, on 3 April 2018.

The results reveal that each commercial entity joined together to form a single commercial group from a strong financial base, with BBC Studios reporting headline sales of £432.0m and EBITDA of £7.2m[1] in its first year of trading, and BBC Worldwide showing an increase in EBITDA to £118.3m, while sustaining cash returns to the BBC above £200m for a fourth successive year.
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kendalfox Posted on 11/06/2019 17:42
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Much always wants more
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Oadlad Posted on 11/06/2019 17:46
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LB, you are not getting it, I'm afraid in your usual rush to counter any point I make...[rle]
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Timbucktoo Posted on 11/06/2019 17:46
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Lineker is a prime example of a champagne socialist. Using his stealing a living high profile to lecture the rest of the country on how we should embrace mass immigration, while not actually living anywhere near said immigrants or having any intention of. So any mathematicians on here can you work out how many licences fees the over 75's have now to pay in order that this greedy individual gets his Million plus paycheck per year from the BBC ( of course I mean us ) for fronting a football show that any half-wit could do for a tenth of that wage.[:(]
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Adumass Posted on 11/06/2019 17:47
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would the license fee increase if the commercial arms of the bbc weren't returning the profits to the public arm?
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billsballbag Posted on 11/06/2019 19:51
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It should be means tested.

Otherwise let them have it..as long as they don't clog up my local cafe at the weekend.
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sabredunce Posted on 12/06/2019 05:18
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I think 'free to air antenna' was legislated in the UK aswell - precisely to get around cash grabs like this. Not that the average senior would have the savvy to do it, they should be informed about it.

Given the options, streaming, antennas. work-arounds - it's a mystery why anyone pays for anything in that medium in this day and age. It's dying a slow death.
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Unicum Posted on 12/06/2019 15:42
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Whatever I say is meaningless Oadlad. I do like your 'certainties' though. You seem to suggest, (I doubt you believe), that only non-profiteers can dish up the truth. Surprisingly, I don't agree. There are many reasons to tell the truth and to hide it, wonga being but one.

Tell me, when the Soviets lied about Chernobyle, was it in order to make a financial killing? Was in order to avoid a financial backlash?
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harwichfox Posted on 12/06/2019 19:53
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So if Lineker was a member of the Selfish and Greedy party he would be allowed political views?
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Timbucktoo Posted on 12/06/2019 19:56
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He doesn't have that intelligence.
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Oadlad Posted on 14/06/2019 19:28
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I don't think 'truth' is the monopoly of the public sector.
In a market economy there are, correctly, many sources informing us. But there needs to be a publicly owned, not for profit organisation which ensures a balanced source of information, which is the BBC's legal (and affordable) duty.
Speaking of a market economy - big fans on here who blame Sir Gaz ignore that he is a prime example of a system which ensures runaway pay at the top as companies compete for the best people and suppressed pay at the bottom end.
The beeb is trapped in this market and pay to retain him and others.
This is not to suggest that the beeb is beyond criticsm. I never heard one word from the LEXIT organisation in all the Brexit coverage and have rarely heard a socialist capitalist view on QT.
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Timbucktoo Posted on 14/06/2019 19:56
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Funny that Oadlad the rest of the world seem to get by without a publicly funded media outlet. I wouldn't mind if the said BBC remained impartial and worked to a budget that did not squander millions of pounds on trivia like Eastenders ( 8o million quid to build a new set ) money well spent eh? And pay ridiculous wages to mediocre so-called stars like Linker and all the other Pink maffia degenerates. There is no other word than extortion to describe the racket that is a tv licence. It becomes extortion the moment you have no choice but to pay it. The sooner it is binned the better.
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Oadlad Posted on 14/06/2019 22:23
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That's all just your personal slant on programmes and staff, which I think are questionable.
The rest of the first world (which?) do have national channel, except the mess they have in America.
That compulsory 'racket' got me two years in the RAF, and lifelong taxes and a self perpetuating royal family. Not much choice there was there?
We have a world leader and you would sell it to who knows who. Thank goodness you are in a tiny minority.
PS I presume in that last bit you are being homophobic...[rle]
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