BBC licence-payers keep programmes being made
JENNIFER Wright is sadly misinformed in stating that no one needs to pay a BBC TV licence fee any more ("The internet means you'd be mad to buy TV licence", Opinion, October 9).
She is inviting a heavy penalty if she fails to renew her licence in order to watch on the internet.
Anyone possessing a television set has to pay the annual fee, unless of course they are of pensionable age.
She obviously does not realise that every time I am paid a fee by the BBC for writing a script, it comes partly from her pocket. Every programme that goes out on air is paid for out of licence fees.
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If everyone in the country did as Jennifer advised then there will be simply no BBC programmes. The BBC is a great cultural asset and must be defended or it, too, will be forced down the road of commercial television, with constant breaks for advertising slots now at epidemic proportions.
Drama – the most expensive type of programming – has been largely edged out by the BBC in order to make cheap real-life documentary shows and the BBC annual licence fee has not kept up with inflation.
The BBC is a great employer of 25,000 to 30,000 people. It runs a number of TV and radio channels that easily devour the £5 billion turnover each year.
Some £1.5bn of this is earned by overseas sales of programmes by BBC Worldwide. My Dangerfield drama series earned this country many millions of pounds in exports alone.
The message is simple: if you want to risk a fine of £150 with costs then don't pay your licence fee.
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