FOWC with Fandango — Television

Here in the UK, we have to have a licence if we own a television or have means to receive broadcasts from the BBC. Up until recently, if you were over 75, you had a free TV licence, but that has all been scuppered as pensioners are means tested now and need to be in receipt of certain benefits before they are eligible. In my book, this is all wrong and for many pensioners, a television is their only means of contact with the outside world and our caring government have taken it away.
Hubby and I haven’t had a television since 2007. We don’t miss it, and people find it strange that we don’t have one. There is absolutely nothing that interests us anyway, and as programmes being broadcast are in excess of 40/50 years old, nothing is likely to.
Even if they were to charge the same as the licence fee was when these programmes were originally broadcast, we still wouldn’t want one.
We joked that when we were 75, we’d get a television because of the free licence, even though we doubted anything would change. Seems we won’t have to bother anyway.
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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Television

  1. I stopped watching it and use it for the music channels.

  2. murisopsis says:

    The cost of cable service just keeps going up. If it weren’t bundled with the internet I’d ditch the TV. I can watch what I want online…

  3. mimfilip says:

    Surely the cost of collecting the fees and policing it must outweigh the income.

    • They will probably send the vans round as they did before, but there will be a data base of people with licences and they will just start with that. IMO it is totally wrong to take away what was a ‘perk’ of old age.

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