When you purchase a Television licence, you enter into a contract with the BBC. Their part of the contract entered, states that they must report the News to the viewer and listener in a ‘Neutral and Unbiased Manner’ which favours nobody.
The contract also states that the BBC, must receive no payment from private companies nor political organisations, which may exert undue influence over the manner in which said companies and organisations are represented in BBC news reporting.
But in practice, the Beeb has broken it’s side of the contract entered with the purchaser, by not reporting the news in a fair and unbiased manner , and by receiving millions of pounds yearly from both The Conservative Party and the European Union in exchange for entirely misreporting unpopular decisions affecting the UK and it’s people.
So in principle, you can refuse to pay your licence fee on those grounds alone, as many people already have, but as is often the case with good old Auntie Beeb, hearing about it is a completely different matter.
It gets better.
Something else you may not be aware of is that an FTSE 100 firm, which also runs the Criminal Records Bureau and the Teachers’ Pension Scheme, won the extension to its existing BBC Licence Collections contract in a deal worth £560m.
It will run to 2020.
The win will come as a relief to Capita, which has had a rocky relationship with the BBC Trust over its collection methods, and which has described 2011 as a particularly tough year.
During the last, decade-long contract, the BBC’s regulatory body, the BBC Trust criticised Capita for being “too harsh” and “accusatory” in its collection methods, especially with members of the public who genuinely did not need a television licence. Last year the Information Commissioner ordered the BBC to reveal what incentives it had tied in to the contract to encourage Capita staff to crack down on licence evaders.
More recently, hundreds of Capita staff working in the TV Licensing unit have been striking in a pay dispute between the outsourcing business and the Communication Workers Union.
Earlier this month, Capita forecast 7pc growth in 2011, largely driven by acquisitions rather than winning new business. Shares in the company have dropped 14pc in the last month but yesterday rose 3 to 633p.
Zarin Patel, chief financial officer of the BBC, said Capita’s bid was “the best both in terms of innovation and efficiencies and so offered best value.”