Saturday, 19 March 2016

Capita BBC TV Licensing's Card & Run Scam 2



Way, way back, on 16 February 2013, TV Licensing Watch published Capita BBC TV Licensing’s Card and Run Scam.  Three years later we are taking the opportunity to republish that blogpost to show to the world the desperate lengths the BBC and their prime TV Licensing™ TV licence administration and enforcement contractor Capita BBC TV Licensing™ go to in order to maintain the harassment and intimidation of people in the UK who have no legal need for a BBC TV licence.




We have added a recently published video which proves G4S complicity in Capita BBC TV Licensing™’s card and run scam which comes courtesy of our friends in the anti-BBC TV licence fee movement, TV Licence Resistance.






Since publication of the original blogpost in February 2013 we have noticed that G4S card and run scam activities seem to coincide with periods when Capita BBC TV Licensing™door hammering, uncapped commission rewarded sales thugs are thin on the ground in any particular enforcement area.  Times when, for example, Capita BBC TV Licensing are in the process of recruiting replacement door to door TV Licensing™ filth to replace disillusioned former TV Licensing™scum due to resignations, sackings, attrition and wastage.







Please raise a hand those who have received one of these hand delivered “I called” cards recently.



Please raise a hand those who thought it had been hand delivered by one of Capita BBC TV Licensing™’s door hammering uncapped commission rewarded TV licence sales thugs.



Please raise a hand those who thought they were bang to rights, panicked and purchased a TV licence they had no legal need for.



Introducing Capita BBC TV Licensing™’s latest big idea under the cover of the BBC TV Licensing™ contract on behalf of the BBC to fraudulently maximise BBC TV licence revenue. Capita BBC TV Licensing™ "phantom visits " by G4S employees.



Thanks, no doubt, "to the unique way the BBC is funded" this is being done for and on behalf of the world's favourite self-appointed independent and impartial state broadcaster, the British Broadcasting Corporation. Also, no doubt, it is being done with the full knowledge and connivance of the BBC and, of course, with their seal of wholehearted approval. Although the BBC's Sian Healey, Head of Communications and Policy for TV Licensing will try to wriggle out of any knowledge of this and deny direct involvement with this activity by claiming that G4S have been contracted by Capita Business Services to undertake this deceit, the BBC still have overall responsibility for all activities done under the BBC TV Licensing™ contract.







As with most things Capita BBC TV Licensing™ it is, as illustrious fellow blogger, Watchkeeper, would cannily term it, all bluster, intimidation and misinformation. If any people were panicked and purchased a BBC TV licence, Capita BBC TV Licensing™’s bluster, intimidation and misinformation worked. As with most things Capita BBC TV Licensing™ things are not as they at first seem. On careful reading of the text, people unwise enough to take the nonsense printed thereon at face value might reasonably believe that one of Capita BBC TV Licensing™'s door hammering uncapped commission rewarded TV licence sales oiks had paid them a visit. In this instance, nothing could be further from the truth.







This blogpost comes courtesy of two TV Licence Resistance forum members. One of whom received the hand delivered “I called” card and the other who was present at a time when a hand delivered “I called” card was delivered and he decided to investigate further. Thanks to them both, TV Licensing Watch, is both thankful and appreciative.







In their own words here are extracts of what they saw.

MS "Today I was casually looking out of my window and being nosy when a black hatchback pulled up with G4S on the sides and bonnet; the bloke looked at some paperwork and then walked over to my front door. He hadn't brought his brain cell with him because he couldn't match the door number with that on his paperwork - door number is perfectly clear; he then wandered about for a few seconds before returning to my front door and placed a paper under my front door drip strip - he made no attempt to enter - he never knocked or rang the door bell.

Paper work he left just stated "I called" with the 'Officer' initials of "RS" and the date. Opening the paper it's headed "We called today to help you start watching TV legally" - similar to the "We said we'd call" leaflet I received in Dec 2010.

Goon is late 50s or early 60s - registration number KY62 YZM"

VR "Took some time out today to visit a colleague on long term sick leave. While I was there, one of the blue "I called" threatocards came through the letter box. There was no knock at the door. It turned out to be some G4S *rsehole with a handful of the f*cking things. . . .

Note the handheld pda: as each one was delivered he input it on the device. Despite claiming to estate staff that he was a utility meter reader to gain entry to the block, no utility meters were read."

and:

“G4S card and run terror campaign on behalf of crapita bbc tvltm.

. . . . . . .
They get G4S to deliver "I called" threatocards to try and con
unlicensed people into thinking they've been "detected" and panic them into rash and hasty tv licence buying activity. Even though a crapita bbc tvltm goon hadn't done the visit.
. . . . . . .
As a matter of interest, the threatocard delivering G4S *rsehole didn't knock on a single door, didn't read a single utility meter. He just shoved a threatocard through the letter box, input on the handheld pda device, readied the next threatocard for the next letterbox, one after another after another. “Card and run” in door to door delivery jargon . He delivered a total of 14 threatocards in the time he was in my view. And of course gained easy entry to blocks of flats by deceitfully claiming he'd come to read the meter. Easy entry to blocks of flats with secure entryphone access isn't something crapita bbc tvltm filth can do or like having to deal with.”


Once again the depths to which Capita BBC TV Licensing™ will descend to try and maximise BBC TV licence revenue has been demonstrated by what really amounts to scam and deception.



Surprise, surprise.






The value of domestic cctv surveillance and handheld video camera can prove invaluable in gathering evidence of the serial abuses and misdemeanours perpetrated by employees of Capita Business Services under cover of the BBC TV Licensing™ contract. TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita Business Services TV Licensing™ to make an audio-visual record of those dealings in their entirety covertly or overtly with cctv and handheld video cameras.


For people who have not exercised their right to remain silent, TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has had the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita Business Services TV Licensing™ and have received a summons as a consequence to contact a licensed law practitioner if: there is the slightest discrepancy between the actual situation regarding viewing habits and/or what actually happened during the interview compared with what has been written on the TVL178 Record of Interview self incrimination form.









Saturday, 5 March 2016

Omissions




A very short blogpost from TV Licensing Watch.

We present a link to CMS Secretary of State, John Whittingdale’s, keynote opening speech delivered 2 March 2016 at the Oxford Media Convention 2016.

What particularly interested us at, TV Licensing Watch, was, what Secretary of State, Whittingdale, failed to say and the way in which he failed to say it.


The BBC introduced BBC iPlayer in the full knowledge it would be a no TV licence needed serviceSince only the BBC offer iPlayer and nobody else does, TV Licensing Watch, offer no comment other than to point out that we hope what Secretary of State, Whittingdale, actually did say is abundantly clear to everyone, including the, BBC, and every single one of their, TV Licensing™ contractors, in particular, Capita BBC TV Licensing™ who recently Tweeted this:


Please make a very careful note of the following: "These proposed changes to that rule only apply to BBC iPlayer"



In common with nearly everyone else in the anti-BBC TV licence movement, we, at TV Licensing Watch, are wondering just exactly how what we have highlighted will actually be enforced by Capita BBC TV Licensing™’s door hammering, target driven, commission rewarded, door to door thugs.


It seems to us at TV Licensing Watch that "closing the BBC iPlayer loophole" opens up a can of really nasty, putrid enforcement worms and we and others in the anti-BBC TV licence fee movement see no end to the present regime of enforcement scams and abuses. 

The value of domestic CCTV surveillance and handheld video camera can prove invaluable in gathering evidence of the serial abuses and misdemeanours perpetrated by employees of Capita Business Services under cover of the BBC TV Licensing™ contract. TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita Business Services TV Licensing™ to make an audio-visual record of those dealings in their entirety covertly or overtly with CCTV and handheld video cameras.

For people who have not exercised their right to remain silent, TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has had the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita BBC TV Licensing™ and have received a summons as a consequence to contact a licensed law practitioner if: there is the slightest discrepancy between the actual situation regarding viewing habits and/or what actually happened during the interview compared with what has been written on the TVL178 Record of Interview self incrimination form.


Sunday, 28 February 2016

No Connection







Something which interests us at TV Licensing Watch is the lengths the BBC are prepared to go to in order to deny any connection between the BBC and Capita BBC TV Licensing™.  Perhaps the most prominent recent example of this is the shambolic stitch-up passed off as the BBC Charter renewal process.   So-called “consultations” and “surveys” referred only to the “TV licence” and no mention was made of Capita BBC TV Licensing™ and the nasty, bullying enforcement activities associated with the BBC’s “TV licence”.   In common with others in the anti-BBC TV licence fee movement, TV Licensing Watch, has encountered numerous ill-informed social media warriors who rush to defend the BBC and end up looking complete idiots trying to deny the BBC’s association with its TV Licensing™ trademarked activities.

The BBC is TV Licensing™.  The BBC is the UK TV Licensing™ authority.  The BBC has overall responsibility for all matters TV Licensing™; its administration and enforcement.  The BBC Trust investigates complaints lodged about the administration and enforcement of the BBC TV licence. An investigative duty which, it is obvious, it carries on with ill-concealed reluctance.

The existence of the anti-BBC TV licence fee movement means that the BBC is more than aware that its trademarked brand TV Licensing™ is very widely loathed and despised.  It is why, publicly at least, the BBC goes to absurd lengths in the plausible deniability games that it plays when it comes to BBC TV licence administration and enforcement.



TV Licensing™ website barely mentions its connection with the BBC. Like the BBC’s own domain, TV Licensing™‘s domain ends .co.uk  It is the domain of a private company.  The BBC’s own TV Licensing™ Management Team make great efforts to maintain arms-length plausible deniability even though they are charged with the task of monitoring Capita BBC TV Licensing™‘s administration and enforcement activities.  A task which they summed-up thus:

" . . . I have initially made enquiries of the BBC TV Licensing Management Team, and have confirmed that no one within the BBC holds material relating to the induction and training provided to all categories of TV Licensing visiting parties and visiting officers.
As these individuals are employed by Capita, their induction and training is primarily an internal matter for Capita.

Capita has no obligation to - nor does the BBC ask Capita to – advise it of these matters. . . "

The whole purpose of the BBC’s TV Licensing™ trademark is to ensure a cut-off between those private companies it contracts under the various TV Licensing™ contracts to do the dirty work for the BBC, scaring and bullying people into funding the BBC.  Make no mistake about it, the BBC retains overall responsibility for all aspects of TV licence administration and enforcement.

Under Section 180 of the Broadcasting Act 1990 the BBC took over that responsibility from the Home Office in 1991.


If after having read our blog you encounter anyone from "the BBC has nothing to do with TV Licensing" brigade, please put them right. The BBC is TV Licensing™ and the TV Licensing™ Authority for the UK.  The veneer of "authority" by which the BBC seeks to sanitise its trademarked TV Licensing™ nasty, bullying revenue raising enforcement scams and abuses.

The value of domestic CCTV surveillance and handheld video camera can prove invaluable in gathering evidence of the serial abuses and misdemeanours perpetrated by employees of Capita Business Services under cover of the BBC TV Licensing™ contract. TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita Business Services TV Licensing™ to make an audio-visual record of those dealings in their entirety covertly or overtly with CCTV and handheld video cameras.

For people who have not exercised their right to remain silent, TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has had the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita BBC TV Licensing™ and have received a summons as a consequence to contact a licensed law practitioner if: there is the slightest discrepancy between the actual situation regarding viewing habits and/or what actually happened during the interview compared with what has been written on the TVL178 Record of Interview self incrimination form.


Sunday, 14 February 2016

Borrowed time?


. . . “But the BBC also has a role as a beacon of enlightened values of openness, freedom of thought, toleration and diversity.”. . .

The BBC is no beacon of enlightened values of openness, freedom of thought, toleration and diversity when it comes to people who do not want the BBC and do not want to fund the BBC.



As readers of this blog know, TV Licensing Watch, has absolutely no time whatsoever for the BBC, its in house and contracted out BBC TV Licensing™ support operations and particularly, its trademarked, contracted out arms length, plausible deniability revenue raising operation, target driven, commission rewarded Capita BBC TV Licensing™.

TV Licensing Watch has never made a secret of its dislike of and disdain for the BBC and of Capita BBC TV Licensing™, and the officially endorsed structured deceits and intimidations that are passed off as Capita BBC TV Licensing™ enforcement. Since it did not actually investigate and review Capita BBC TV Licensing™ enforcement activities, the so-called review of BBC TV Licensing™ enforcement done by David Perry, QC, was in our opinion, and in the opinion of many who read the final report, a non-review, was a flawed and shoddy piece of work. Having read the terms of reference for the Perry Review into TV Licensing™ enforcement, TV Licensing Watch, decided not to participate, and those in the anti-TV licence fee movement who did participate were, and still are, disgusted by the Capita BBC TV Licensing™ carry on “business as usual” outcome of Perry’s “review” and justified TV Licensing Watch’s decision not to participate.



When the Department for Culture, Media and Sport called for submissions for their BBC Charter Review, TV Licensing Watch decided not to lodge a submission. An interesting development in the DCMS’ BBC Charter Review process was the disruptive participation of several pro-BBC lobby groups which led to the delayed publication of the Charter Review. The BBC Charter Review report published on behalf of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee was, as TV Licensing Watch fully expected, and the rest of the anti-TV licence community expected, something of a rubber stamp exercise to sanitise the BBC Charter renewal process. As with the Perry Review into TV Licensing™ enforcement, matters of Capita BBC TV Licensing™ enforcement were very largely ignored, well, to be honest, completely ignored and once again, justified TV Licensing Watch’s decision not to lodge a submission.  We perceived and continue to perceive a sustained cosy little BBC Charter renewal stitch-up between, DCMS, and the, BBC, at the expense of people in the UK.  Along with many others in the anti-licence fee community, TV Licensing Watch, expected it.

However, on reading the BBC Charter Review report, apart from the expected pro-BBC gush, TV Licensing Watch noted the following from the Introduction:

. . . “New technologies and ways of accessing programmes are pushing the BBC to consider long term alternatives to the licence fee.” . . .

. . . “And finally, the BBC’s Director General has argued that the licence fee is viable for the coming Charter period. But as commercial and technological pressures converge, as the BBC’s market share continues to fall and a new generation consumes its media in innumerable new ways, there is the question whether or not the licence fee funding model can be sustained.” . . .

” . . . build revenue streams and consider options beyond the licence fee.”

The language deployed is subdued as language in such official reports usually is. TV Licensing Watch, does, however, intuit that the courts enforced BBC TV access tax and its nasty, devious contracted out target driven enforcement regime is on borrowed time and that due to opposition an enforced BBC household levy may not come about.
 


It is a scandal that during the entirety of the next BBC Charter, if things stay as they are, there will be an expected 4,000,000+ prosecution statements taken from households across the nation and 2,000,000+ Capita BBC TV Licensing™ prosecutions as a consequence. Change it seems means no change at all. Along with others in the anti-TV licence fee community, TV Licensing Watch awaits the publication of BBC Charter white paper, expected in May 2016, with interest, even though the white paper may very well be the official publication equivalent of white toilet paper.

By law people in the UK have to pay a TV licence to a private company just to be "allowed" to watch live TV. Think about that.

The value of domestic CCTV surveillance and handheld video camera can prove invaluable in gathering evidence of the serial abuses and misdemeanours perpetrated by employees of Capita Business Services under cover of the BBC TV Licensing™ contract. TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita Business Services TV Licensing™ to make an audio-visual record of those dealings in their entirety covertly or overtly with CCTV and handheld video cameras.

For people who have not exercised their right to remain silent, TV Licensing Watch advise anybody who has had the misfortune to have face to face dealings with Capita BBC TV Licensing™ and have received a summons as a consequence to contact a licensed law practitioner if: there is the slightest discrepancy between the actual situation regarding viewing habits and/or what actually happened during the interview compared with what has been written on the TVL178 Record of Interview self incrimination form.