Sunday, September 14, 2008
Noel Edmonds, a British television presenter, has said that he is not paying the television license fee in protest at the way the BBC "badgers, hectors and threatens" people who avoid paying the fee.
"Auntie's put boxing gloves on. I'm so incensed by the idea that I'm guilty of something that I actually cancelled my licence fee a few months ago," said Edmonds, making his non-payment of the fee public on the BBC Breakfast television program.
"There are too many organisations — and the BBC is a fabulous organisation — that seem to think it's OK to badger, hector and threaten people," he continued. "When I was at the BBC, it promoted the licence fee by saying how wonderful it was because — let's face it — the BBC licence fee is astonishing value," added Edmonds explaining the way he believes the license fee should be promoted.
Edmonds also claimed that TV licensing "haven't found me, and nobody's come knocking on the door." This is despite adverts by the organisations that, according to Edmonds, say "we know where you are."
TV Licensing responded to Edmond's comments by saying that "while we would always prefer people buy a licence rather than risk prosecution and a fine, TV Licensing has a duty to enforce the licence fee on behalf of the honest majority who pay."
"Unfortunately some people will only buy a licence when warned of the consequences of being unlicensed."
== Sources ==
"Edmonds begins TV licence boycott" — BBC News Online, September 13, 2008
James Tapper. "Noel Edmonds: 'I won't pay TV licence because of 'threatening' BBC adverts" — Daily Mail, September 14, 2008
Kate Foster. "Edmonds says no deal to TV licence" — The Scotsman, September 14, 2008