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TV viewers, who dodge BBC levy, could be spared jail after ministers back plans to lift the threat

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

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TV viewers who dodge the BBC licence fee could be spared jail, after it is believed ministers are supporting an amendment to the Deregulation bill, which would withdraw criminal sanctions.

The abolition of the BBC licence fee came a step closer on Thursday when Downing Street backed plans to decriminalise non-payment.

All three main parties will vote on Tuesday to end the threat of prison sentences for fee dodgers.

More than 180,000 viewers across the country, almost 3,500 a week, appeared in court in 2012 accused of watching TV without a licence.

Ministers are in favour of an amendment to the Deregulation Bill that would withdraw the criminal sanctions when the BBC’s charter comes up for renewal in 2016.

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  • thestig2  |  March 22 2014, 4:11PM

    With most paying out to sky or virgin TV why do we have to pay BBC tax. now we are in a digital age cant BBC scramble there channels and offer it as pay per view like others do or earn money like ITV ect does. no cause we wouldn't buy it. all BBC is is repeats and sports don't watch, sold off the F1 live and spent more on **** sports. time has come to stand on own two feet and stop taxing

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