Television licensing in the United Kingdom

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This article includes information on TV licensing on the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands which is regulated by the United Kingdom's TV licensing authority.wikipedia
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BBC

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A television licence is also required to receive video on demand programme services provided by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), on the iPlayer catch-up service.
Its work is funded principally by an annual television licence fee which is charged to all British households, companies, and organisations using any type of equipment to receive or record live television broadcasts and iPlayer catch-up.

BBC World Service

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The money also finances programming for S4C and the BBC World Service as well as to run BBC Monitoring at Caversham.
The World Service is funded by the United Kingdom's television licence fee, limited advertising and the profits of BBC Studios.

BBC Trust

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The level of the fee is decided following periodic negotiations between the UK Government and the BBC Trust.
It was operationally independent of BBC management and external bodies, and its stated aim was to make decisions in the best interests of licence-fee payers.

BBC World News

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BBC World News and the BBC's other international television channels are operated commercially and will continue to not receive licence fee money.
Unlike the BBC's domestic channels, BBC World News is owned and operated by BBC Global News Ltd., part of the BBC's commercial group of companies, and is funded by subscription and advertising revenues, and not by the United Kingdom television licence.

Communications Act 2003

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The BBC is authorised by the Communications Act 2003 to collect and enforce the TV licence fee.

BBC iPlayer

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On 1 September 2016 the conditions under which a television licence is required changed to include receiving video on demand programme services provided by the BBC, on the iPlayer catch-up service.
Viewing or recording live television broadcasts from any UK broadcaster, or viewing BBC TV catch-up or BBC TV on demand programmes in the UK without a TV licence is a criminal offence.

TV detector van

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TV detector vans have in the past featured heavily in TV Licensing publicity, highlighting that technology capable of detecting signals from operating TV sets could be employed.
The vans are operated by contractors working for the BBC, to enforce the television licensing system in the UK, the Channel Islands and on the Isle of Man.

BBC Monitoring

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The money also finances programming for S4C and the BBC World Service as well as to run BBC Monitoring at Caversham.
Although administratively and editorially part of the BBC, until 2013 BBC Monitoring did not receive any funding from the licence fee; instead it was funded directly by its stakeholders as well as by subscriptions from official and commercial bodies throughout the world.

The Russell Brand Show prank telephone calls row

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Moore had refused to pay in protest at the BBC's unwillingness to dismiss Jonathan Ross in the wake of his involvement in The Russell Brand Show prank telephone calls.
Thompson called the events a "gross lapse of taste by the performers and the production team" (who chose to broadcast the advance-recorded show) that angered licence-payers.

Local oscillator

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The most common suggested method is the detection of a signal from the TV's local oscillator.
Detection of local oscillator radiation may disclose the presence of the receiver, such as in detection of automotive radar detectors, or detection of unlicensed television broadcast receivers in some countries.

Spotlight (BBC News)

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The licensing system remains controversial in the Isle of Man due to the fact that the licence fee remains the same as in the UK and Channel Islands, even though the BBC provides neither a local television news service for the Isle of Man (similar to BBC Channel Islands) nor any BBC local radio or national radio opt-out station.
Like other BBC enterprises in the Channel Islands, funding comes primarily from television licence fees collected within the Islands.

Crown dependencies

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In the United Kingdom and the Crown dependencies, any household watching or recording live television transmissions as they are being broadcast (terrestrial, satellite, cable, or Internet) is required to hold a television licence.

Television licence

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In the United Kingdom and the Crown dependencies, any household watching or recording live television transmissions as they are being broadcast (terrestrial, satellite, cable, or Internet) is required to hold a television licence.

Video on demand

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A television licence is also required to receive video on demand programme services provided by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), on the iPlayer catch-up service. On 1 September 2016 the conditions under which a television licence is required changed to include receiving video on demand programme services provided by the BBC, on the iPlayer catch-up service.

White paper

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The government's white paper of May 2016 announced that the licence fee will rise with inflation for the first five years of the Charter period, from 1 April 2017.

BBC Charter

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The government's white paper of May 2016 announced that the licence fee will rise with inflation for the first five years of the Charter period, from 1 April 2017.

Consolidated Fund

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The money received is first paid into the government's Consolidated Fund.

Appropriation Act

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It is subsequently included in the 'vote' for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in that year's Appropriation Act, and passed back to the BBC for the running of the BBC's own services (free from commercial advertisements).

Television advertisement

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It is subsequently included in the 'vote' for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in that year's Appropriation Act, and passed back to the BBC for the running of the BBC's own services (free from commercial advertisements).

S4C

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The money also finances programming for S4C and the BBC World Service as well as to run BBC Monitoring at Caversham.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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It is subsequently included in the 'vote' for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in that year's Appropriation Act, and passed back to the BBC for the running of the BBC's own services (free from commercial advertisements). The licence fee is formally set by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by the use of statutory instruments.

Statutory instrument

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The licence fee is formally set by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport by the use of statutory instruments.

Order in Council

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For people living in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, TV licensing law is extended to their areas by Orders in Council made by agreement with their own governments.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000

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As part of its enforcement regime, the BBC is authorised to carry out surveillance using powers defined by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (British Broadcasting Corporation) Order 2001.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

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As the public body responsible for issuing TV licences, licensing information held by the BBC and on the BBC's behalf by TV licensing contractors is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.