Queen’s Corgis, Olympic Torch & More Are Top Excuses For UK TV License Fee Evaders

British households with a television are required to pay an annual fee of £145.50 ($228) which goes towards funding public broadcaster the BBC. But more than 400,000 Britons were caught watching TV in the UK without having paid for a license in 2012, BBC News said today. Folks who believe they are exempt can make a “no license fee needed” claim to watchdog TV Licensing, with such valid reasons as having no TV set, if a TV is only used to watch DVDs or if catch-up services only are being accessed. Being caught without a valid license is a criminal offense and can come with a fine of up to £1,000, but even TV Licensing has kept a sense of humor about the recent revelations. Below are some of its favorite 2012 excuses from people caught without a permit:

– “Why would I need a TV Licence for a TV I stole? Nobody knows I’ve got it”

– “I had not paid as I received a lethal injection”

– “Apparently my dog, which is a corgi, was related to the Queen’s dog so I didn’t think I needed a TV Licence” (more…)

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2013/06/queens-corgis-olympic-torch-more-are-top-excuses-for-uk-tv-license-fee-evaders-523553/