Paying for the BBC should be a choice, not a compulsion

26 Jun 2014


In the news this week there has been a growing debate about "the living wage" or a "minimum wage". It seems very simple economics to me. We as the people are consistently pressured to manage our expenditures in line with our incomes. With wages stagnating in relation to inflation, is it not time- to use the words of US President Barack Obama- to give the nation a raise?


Without wanting to get into a comprehensive discussion about social mobility, or those who can't increase their earning potential, let's discuss a form of expenditure that, if scrapped, would aid the income circumstances of everyone in Britain.

Indeed, I have come to the conclusion over the last few months that the TV licence fee is actually a blot on our civil liberties. Essentially, it means that we are forced to pay for a licence which effectively makes the BBC the TV police; compelling the people to fork out an extortionate amount of money for a service which isn’t dictated by the desires of the consumer.

Look at the situation with Sky TV, for example, or the online TV service Netflix. If you want these services then you as a consumer must choose to purchase them. This isn't the case for the TV licence. You are simply forced into having one, whether you like it or not. I for one think this is wrong, and our politicians should examine this.

The establishment has failed to spot an opportunity. I firmly believe scrapping the TV licence fee would not only be widely supported within the population, but would give the people of this country a choice.

If you like the BBC, then you should pay for the BBC. If you decide you don't want the BBC, then you should be able to turn and say no. 

You can opt in and out of Sky, so why not the BBC?

In a time when incomes are restricted and people are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet, such an outdated model needs to be reformed.

By Sean Mallis

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