TV Licensing Conviction Rate

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I am making this request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I recently read with great interest (and disbelief) and TV Licensing spokesman's claim that "We (TV Licensing) have a 99 per cent conviction rate". The claim was published in this article on the Daily Express:
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/694956/...

Given that far fewer than half of all TV Licensing "Code 8" cases actually result in a conviction, please provide any relevant information about how this claimed "99 per cent conviction rate" was calculated.

Failing that, would you care to retract or distance the BBC from this "99 per cent conviction rate" claim, which quite clearly cannot be accurate.

I look forward to a timely and concise response, in accordance with the spirit of the Act.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Jones
Lead author of the TV Licensing Blog
http://tv-licensing.blogspot.co.uk

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jones,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your request was received on 31 July 2016. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days.

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The reference number for your request is RFI20161416.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

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A. Clerk (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Well done sir. You have the BBC bang to rights once again.

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

The BBC's Ellen Wright has written a letter to the Londonderry Sentinel, where she again reiterates the highly implausible "99% conviction rate":
http://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/new...

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Peter Jones left an annotation ()

So there you go then: When TV Licensing claims it has a 99% conviction rate, what it really means is that 99% of the 87% of people whose cases *are actually heard* are convicted.
The conclusion: Not enough people are wise to the fact that if they plead not guilty TV Licensing will probably abandon it's (often flawed) prosecution case.

A. Clerk (Account suspended) left an annotation ()

Crooked beyond belief.

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