End TV licence fee

End TV licence fee

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Philip White started this petition to Boris Johnson and

The BBC is operates under a charter which states that the BBC should not advertise, yet this rule is constantly being broken in chat shows, antique programmes and even "news" items.

Chat shows, such as Graham Norton and "The One Show" are very often a blatant opportunity for a "celebrity" to push their latest film/book/play/TV programme. These are sometimes even on rival channels! Antique shows, such as "Antiques Road Trip" and "Antiques Roadshow" nearly always interrupt the antique valuations for a side visit to a nearby tourist attraction.

If this advertising were charged for at a realistic commercial rate, the resulting income would not only eliminate the need to re-introduce the licence fee for those pensioners over 75 whose income is above the qualification for benefit but have been unable to budget for a sudden, large and unexpected bill, but would enable the licence fee to scrapped entirely.

The current excuse for the licence fee, that large salaries need to be paid to attract the best staff, does not hold water as commercial companies manage to make profits funded entirely by advertising - why can the BBC not do the same? Commercial companies must be laughing up their sleeve when an actor "pushes" a commercial programme on the BBC.

Sign the petition and scrap the licence fee now!

 

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