Letter to the editor: the TV license is a disgrace

The BBC has announced that the “grace period” for older viewers to adjust to the end of free licenses for those over 75 will end on July 31 and the company will begin hunting down the 260 000 retirees who have not paid the annual £ 159 license fee.

The big overpaid cats at ‘Aunt’ will write to anyone who hasn’t paid the fee yet, and customer service agents will start visiting defaulters in August to screw them up.

Surely it should be “we don’t care about our customer’s support agents?” ”

So listen to the old folks – if you don’t want to be taken to jail or fined £ 1,000 – pay, otherwise.

After all, how can you expect the BBC to afford the multi-million pound salaries it pays people like Gary Lineker, Graham Norton et al, if you are too mean to open your piggy banks? and handing over what, after all, equates to just over an hour’s pay for one of his big cats?

The choice is simple. Want to keep watching the BBC?

Cut back on caviar and champagne, and turn down your heat.

I had thought that the appointment of Tim Davie as Managing Director would herald a whirlwind of reform in the halls of Broadcasting House.

But so far his “reforms” seem to have been about as effective as after a gale.

ROBERT READER

Norwich Avenue West, Bournemouth

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