Gender Disparity report

The gender disparity report was undertaken by the BBC following a recommendation from the government-commissioned review into Licence Fee enforcement by David Perry Q.C. (published 2015). The review recommended the BBC and the DCMS explore ways to investigate and consider the gender disparity in TV Licence prosecutions. The review found that there was a disparity in the proportion of men and women being prosecuted for licence fee evasion but further found that “There is no evidence of any discriminatory enforcement practices on the part of TV Licensing”.

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Thousands of black and white TVs still in use as BBC One in colour hits 50
Wed 13 Nov 2019
As BBC One celebrates its 50th anniversary of colour television this week, TV Licensing has revealed that more than 6,500 UK households are still watching TV programmes on black and white TV sets.
Over 20,000 young people interviewed for watching TV without a TV Licence
Tue Oct 22 2019
More than 20,000 young people aged 18 to 25 have been interviewed by TV Licensing Visiting Officers for watching live TV or BBC iPlayer without a valid licence in the last year, according to figures released by TV Licensing.
Unmissable TV moments like Eurovision, Love Island and the Women's World Cup unite 18-24 year-olds
Thu Sep 26 2019
Unmissable live TV events are the most watched linear TV programmes by 18-24 year-olds throughout the UK and may hold the key to building lasting friendships, latest figures released by TV Licensing reveal.

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