Television Licencing press releases

A Willmore made this Freedom of Information request to British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I have read with interest recent reports in the printed and on-line press relating to the number of monochrome television licences still in force in the United Kingdom. These reports have appeared in many different media outlets but their wording, use of certain pictures and timing is such that their publication cannot surely be coincidental and they must surely have been published as a result of a formal press release by Television Licencing.

For completeness, I would like to cite some examples:

UK national newspapers:
28/12 Daily Mirror :
29/12 Daily Telegraph :
28/12 Independent :
28/12 Daily Mail :

UK local newspapers:
28/12 Leicester Mercury :
28/12 Herald Scotland :
28/12 Liverpool Echo :
28/12 Peterborough Telegraph :
29/12 Burton Mail :
29/12 Cumbrian News & Star :
28/12 Wolverhampton Express & Star :

... and many, many more.

Under the transparency afforded me by the Freedom Of Information Act I would like you to:
1) Confirm, please, that a press release concerning use of monochrome TV licences was issued on or around 28th December 2015.
2) Tell me, please, which part of the television licencing operation (for example, TVL, Capita, or the BBC) issued said press release.
3) Supply me, please, with a complete list of all media outlets to which the press release was sent.

I look forward to receiving your timely and comprehensive response.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr A Willmore

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear A Willmore

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 29 December 2015. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20152207.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Willmore,


Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20152207



Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Compliance Team


BBC Information Policy and Compliance

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP, UK


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Dear FOI Enquiries,

Many thanks for your timely and comprehensive reply.

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Willmore

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