A petition calling for the abolishment of the TV license, which funds the BBC channels, has now reached over 100,000 signatures, meaning it will be considered for debate by the parliament.
It has gained traction following an undercover investigation by the Daily Mail. A covert reporter discovered that bosses at company Capita pressure employees to find and fine a minimum of 28 people a week.
Employees are reportedly offered bonuses of up to £20-25 per person fined over the target number of 28. This can amount to as much as £15,000 per year.
The reporter was told by a Capita manager: “We will drive you as hard as we can to get as much as we can out of you because we’re greedy.”
LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari, described the methods as “incredible bullying tactics” on Twitter.
.@NickFerrariLBC The term ‘licence’ needs to be dropped. It’s a subscription fee just like the one I pay for my Sky TV.
— Harvey (@tonyqpr) February 27, 2017
Online reaction to the reports have mirrored the petition’s sentiment. One tweet read: “The BBC TV Licence is nothing more than a legalised RICO protection racket. Cancel your TV Licence today.”
The BBC TV Licence is nothing more than a legalised RICO protection racket. Cancel your TV Licence today. https://t.co/UtioVQ2osf
— BanTheBBC (@BanTheBBC) February 27, 2017
@RevPaulCA i haven’t bought a TV licence in years because I won’t pay to be lied to.
— Daddymajaddy (@sickstringer) February 27, 2017
Another stated: “With today’s exposure of BBC TV licence bullying, is it time to scrap the licence fee, as proposed by the IEA.”
With today’s exposure of BBC TV licence bullying, is it time to scrap the licence fee, as proposed by the IEA? https://t.co/LlkkqdEDta
— IEA (@iealondon) February 27, 2017
A Facebook post wrote: “It’s time to scrap the TV license and the BBC”
Capita have stated that the investigation results did not reflect the “the high standards we expect”.
The BBC have announced that they will be investigating the company who prosecute TV license evaders. A statement said they had requested Capita “ensure swift and appropriate action is taken.”
Sub Editor: Jack Meggitt-Phillips