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Latest press releases

08 February 2016
My cat is in labour so I don’t have time to talk to you amongst most ludicrous TV Licence excuses for 2015
Parrots, microwave ovens and the King of Scotland feature in the list of implausible excuses for not having a TV Licence given over the last year. Many from the list have been turned into animations by five of the UK’s leading animation universities in a bid to win a national competition.

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01 February 2016
Pub landlords reminded to avoid TV Licence penalty during Six Nations tournament
With rugby’s Six Nations Championship kicking off on 6th February, TV Licensing and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) are calling on all pub landlords and managers across the home nations to check they are covered by a TV Licence if they plan to show the contest.
28 December 2015
Black and White TV viewing still on song
Nearly 50 years after the former BBC Two controller David Attenborough raced to broadcast colour TV in the UK ahead of his German television colleagues1, 9,356 black and white licences are still in force across the UK.
20 November 2015
TV Licensing reminds over 75s to claim free TV Licence
Anyone aged 75 or over is granted a free TV Licence for their main address and over 4 million1 people across the UK already enjoy the benefits of the concession.
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TV Licensing facts

  • Around 25.4 million licences are currently in force, a record number.
  • TV Licensing's database contains approximately 31 million UK addresses.
  • TV Licensing enquiry officers made about 3.8 million visits in 2013/14.
  • Enquiry officers together catch an average of almost 900 evaders every day.
  • TV Licensing collected £3.7 billion in revenue in 2013/14, up £16 million from the previous year.
  • Collection costs in 2013/14 were £102 million, just 2.7 per cent of total revenue.
  • In the last year 2.8 million licences were sold online, representing more than a third (36.5 per cent) of sales excluding direct debit renewals and Over 75 licences (which are renewed automatically).
  • TV Licensing produces literature in 18 languages and offers 180 languages via translation services at its call centres. The website offers information in 16 different languages.

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  • Our 24 hour press office number is 020 8752 6606
  • Our email address is media.enquiries@tvlicensing.co.uk
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