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Latest press releases

26 October 2016
TV Licensing survey reveals over 100 names for the TV remote, with viewers wielding the ‘Panic Button’, ‘Fat Enhancer’ and ‘Ronnie Remote’
The top moniker for remote control is simply ‘Remote’, with ‘Doofer’ or ‘Doofah’ in second place and ‘Zapper’ in third place. The survey also shows a marked increase in slang used across the country, with more than 100 regional variations identified. Names favoured in Scotland were ‘Gizmo’, the ‘Whatcha-ma-call–it’ in Wales and the ‘Zapper’ in Northern Ireland

Other news

25 September 2016
RNIB urges blind viewers to take advantage of half-price concession, as ‘The Vikings Uncovered’ tops list of audio-described shows
TV Licensing has been working with RNIB to make sure anyone who is eligible to receive the concession is aware and takes advantage of the reduced TV Licence fee. The number of blind concessionary licences has risen by 4% this year, with 41,392 blind concessionary licences issued in the UK1, up from 39,700, the previous year.
26 August 2016
Some TV viewers baffled by TV terminology ahead of iPlayer law change
TV viewers struggle to understand TV terminology such as 'streaming' and 'on demand' according to a new survey carried out by TV Licensing.
29 July 2016
Students will need a licence for BBC iPlayer
The start of the academic year will bring many changes for students, including, for the first time, the need to buy a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand.
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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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