Our roles and responsibilities

TV Licensing has a number of roles and responsibilities. We process payments and respond to customer queries. We inform people when they need to buy a TV Licence and give information on the many ways they can pay. We're also responsible for identifying people who aren't correctly licensed and prosecuting people who evade paying their TV Licence. It's our aim to maximise licence fee revenue by collecting the fee in the most cost efficient way possible.

How we use our database

We maintain a database of licensed and unlicensed addresses in the UK. We use this database to identify and contact people that we believe are using TV receiving equipment without a valid TV Licence.

 

Checking properties are correctly licensed

Typically we'll send a number of letters to remind occupants of the importance of being properly licensed. Then we’ll try to contact them by phone. If there’s still no response, we may send an enforcement officer to see if there's any TV receiving equipment on the premises. Visits can result in evaders being caught. On average over 1,000 evaders are caught daily.

Detection equipment will only be used if other less intrusive and more cost effective routes have been exhausted.

 

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Latest press releases

Question Time, Doctor Who and Eurovision top list of most tweeted BBC shows reveals TV Licensing
Wed Dec 12 2018
Question Time (1), The Andrew Marr Show (2) and Doctor Who (3) are the most tweeted about BBC TV shows of 2018, TV Licensing has revealed.
New UK figures for black and white licences
Thurs Nov 8 2018
New figures released today by TV Licensing show that after more than 50 years of colour transmissions, over 7000 black and white TV Licences are still in force across the UK, although numbers are steadily declining.
TV Licensing: over 26,000 young people caught across the UK
Wed Oct 10 2018
More than 26,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 were caught watching live TV or BBC iPlayer without a TV Licence in the past year, according to new figures released today by TV Licensing.

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