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Old 12-04-2008, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Default TV Tax In England

I have heard that in england if you want to watch tv you must pay a tv tax of $250.00 per yr/houshold.The govt has people that drive around with devices that can detect if your watchng tv.If you havent paid the tv tax they can put you in jail.I know in england you're taxed big time but this is crazy.It seems the british govt sure has a strong hold on the people.Do the english have freedom of speech rights without chance of govt interference like the united states ?
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Axarquía, Andalucía, Spain
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It's the same in Scotland and N.I too.

If you don't pay you go to jail. We pay for a TV license which does suck a bit but we don't pay state taxes, federal tax or have to pay for our own healthcare so its not "that" bad.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:48 PM
 
Location: England/Wales
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Not a TAX at all..It pays for the BBC as thankfully they have no advertising, only the best programe production in the world. Add to that all the great radio and internet services and it`s worth every penny..
By the way it`s only £139.50..Less than £3 a week..One good drama alone makes it the best value in broadcasting....
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:30 AM
 
Location: United Kingdom
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Compare it to subscription fees for cable. Sound reasonable now?
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Old 12-05-2008, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Portsmouth
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The only bad point about it is that the directors are paid 6 figure wages from your taxes for producing very little work, I mean the tv shows on the BBC are getting worse are they not??
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:22 AM
 
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It's worth every penny. Not just for the TV but the extensive Radio network as well.

The sitcoms and light entertainment may not always be great, but the rest; dramas, documentaries, movies, news programmes and the children's shows are fantastic and are something to be truly proud of.

BBC news journalists are respected the world over as some of the best, and vitally, it's independent news - not owned by profit-makers.

No loud, crass, idiotic advertising every few minutes ... that is invaluable. Don't tell Gordon, but I'd pay double for that alone.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: in purgurtory in London
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I resent how much the execs and a couple of worthless presenters are paid. I also don't think much of their shows on TV or radio, other than the occassional captivating documentaries nothing else is worth it. I get more bang for my bucks paying for cable/sky.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:34 PM
 
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It's worth every penny. Not just for the TV but the extensive Radio network as well.

The sitcoms and light entertainment may not always be great, but the rest; dramas, documentaries, movies, news programmes and the children's shows are fantastic and are something to be truly proud of.

BBC news journalists are respected the world over as some of the best, and vitally, it's independent news - not owned by profit-makers.

No loud, crass, idiotic advertising every few minutes ... that is invaluable. Don't tell Gordon, but I'd pay double for that alone.
I remember clearly when cable was first introduced in the Washington DC area in the late 70s. It advertised as commercial free with a monthly fee. A couple years later I knew it was a matter of time before we will pay not only high monopolistic fees but will be force to watch idiotic commercials on top of it.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: The Silver State (from the UK)
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The BBC is an old boys club of overpaid executives, and talantless morons like Johnothan Ross, Chris Moyles etc

The documentaries can't be beaten, but I'd rather have commercials than pay a mandatory licence.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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In this day and age, you can choose what channels you want to subscribe to on satellite or cable. It's time to do the same with the BBC. People who want it can pay for it, or give us the option to opt out. They've fleeced the public for long enough, and time they made their own money. How do they get away with selling DVDs of BBC programmes at a profit when it is us that have probably paid for the production?
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