This blog is all about a petition, called “End the BBC Licence Fee“, hosted on 38 Degrees. The petition, already signed by thousands, calls for a debate on the future of the licence fee, with the hope the TV licence fee will be abolished in the near future.
My name is Caroline Levesque-Bartlett. I’m a former legal editor. I started campaigning against the TV licence fee in 2015. I’ve been helping journalists publishing TV licence stories by putting together FOI requests highlighting the prosecutions & jailing that has been going on in the name of funding the BBC.
I believe options (such as scrapping the fee, reducing it, transferring it to subscription, taking it from general taxation, replacing it by advertising, increasing it, keeping it the same, or this new awful idea of a levy) should be discussed by the general public and decided by the TV licence fee payer, not the BBC.