Ofcom fines TV licence payers
The BBC has been fined by Ofcom after the results of a Blue Peter competition were faked, and a child who happened to be visiting the studio was asked to pose as a caller.
The media watchdog criticised the BBC for ‘negligence’ and for ‘making a child complicit’ in the deception, and has fined the public service broadcaster the sum of £50,000.
The BBC said: ‘We regret that Ofcom found it necessary to impose a fine.’
But Cranmer is more than a little irritated that the fine is not in fact imposed upon the BBC but upon licence-fee payers. This fine is a de facto transfer of tax-payers’ money from the BBC to the Treasury: it may either be viewed as an additional tax upon every household with a television, or the impoverishing of the service that viewers can expect from the BBC.
If Cranmer were really small-minded, he might discover how many TV licences there are, and how much per household £50,000 represents. He might then withhold these sundry pence from his next instalment. The only thing preventing this course of action is the thought that the BBC would then spend more pounds of tax-payers’ money pursuing the outstanding pence.
Why does the Conservative Party indulge this preposterous, anachronistic tax?