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Mr Scott email@example.com
30 July 2019
Dear Mr Scott Request for Information – RFI20191114
Thank you for your request to the BBC of 1st July 2019 under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (‘the Act’) seeking the following information:
“1) Is having a Television Licence a requirement for employment anywhere at the BBC? Please list
the departments where a valid Licence is required at your home address to gain employment.
2) In particular, does one need to have a Television Licence to gain employment within the
Television Licensing enforcement division, currently outsourced to Capita? I ask with particular
interest when it comes to becoming an Enforcement Officer.
3) Is there any kind of employee or contractor discount for a Television Licence for those employed
by the BBC or their contractors?
Please note that “TV Licensing” is a trade mark used by companies contracted by the BBC to
administer the collection of television licence fees and enforcement of the television licensing
system. The majority of the administration of TV Licensing is contracted to Capita Business
Services Ltd (‘Capita’). Over-the-counter services are provided by PayPoint plc (‘PayPoint’) in the
UK, and by the Post Office in the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Target Group (‘Target’) is the
supplier for the Simple Payment Plan trial. Marketing and printing services are contracted to
Proximity London Ltd. Media services are contracted to Media Planning Limited trading as Havas
Media UK. The BBC is a public authority in respect of its television licensing functions and retains
Please be advised the Act gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held
by public authorities; and that we are not required to create new information to respond to a
request, or give a judgement or opinion that is not already recorded. Whilst these are queries
rather than requests for recorded information, I can tel you outside the scope of the Act that the
requirement to hold a TV Licence and to pay a fee for it is mandated by law under the
Communications Act 2003 and Communications (Television Licensing) Regulations 2004 (as
amended): You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they’re
being shown on TV or live on an online TV service download or watch BBC programmes on
I can confirm that BBC staff are not eligible for a free TV Licence or a reduced fee licence by
virtue of the fact they work for the BBC. This applies to BBC suppliers and their employees.
If you are not satisfied that we have complied with the Act in responding to your request, you
have the right to an internal review by a BBC senior manager or legal adviser. Please contact us at
the address above, explaining what you would like us to review and including your reference
number. If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the Information
Commissioner. The contact details are: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House,
Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, Tel: 0303 123 1113 or see https://ico.org.uk/.
Rupinder Panesar Freedom of Information Advisor, TV Licensing Management Team