Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

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

Capita Business Services, acting on behalf of the BBC as Television Licensing Authority, is responsible for prosecuting suspected TV licence fee evaders in the Magistrates Court.

I recently attended a TV Licensing court session where Capita, acting on behalf of the BBC, was awarded in excess of £4000 costs in less than one hour of court time. It's therefore a reasonable assumption that Capita is awarded millions in TV Licensing court costs per annum, despite apparently doing very little work.

Under the terms of the 2000 Act, please provide the following information:

1. Any general policy information produced/held by the BBC (or TV Licensing contractors acting on the BBC's behalf) that relates to the award of court costs in TV Licensing cases.
2. Any general policy information produced/held by the BBC (or TV Licensing contractors acting on the BBC's behalf) that relates to the disposal of court costs in TV Licensing cases (e.g. how costs are spent once recovered by the court).
3. Any general policy information produced/held by the BBC (or TV Licensing contractors acting on the BBC's behalf) that relates to court proceedings in TV Licensing cases.
4. Any general policy information produced/held by the BBC (or TV Licensing contractors acting on the BBC's behalf) that relates to the training/selection/qualification of Court Presenters in TV Licensing cases.

For the avoidance of doubt, by "TV Licensing cases" I mean the prosecution of offences under section 363 of the Communications Act 2003.

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

Yours faithfully,

Peter Jones

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

This request was brought to you by the TV Licensing Blog: http://tv-licensing.blogspot.co.uk

We're here to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing and the BBC.

Anyone seeking further information please contact us via the blog.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Jones,

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 12th August 2013. 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 RFI20131175.

Kind regards

The Information Policy & Compliance Team

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

Tel: 020 8008 2882

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Jones,

Please find attached the response to your request for information, reference RFI20131175.

Yours sincerely,

The Information Policy and Compliance Team

BBC Information Policy and Compliance
BC2B6, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP, UK

Website: www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: mailto:[BBC request email]
Tel: 020 8008 2882
Fax: 020 8008 2398

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Watchkeeper left an annotation ()

Yet again we hear the sound of the washing of hands.

"Nuffink to do wiv me, Guv - it's that Capita".

155135 successful prosecutions per year x £90 costs per prosecution is around £14 million each year - and taken mainly from women.

Colin Jones, "Field Operations Director" at Capita, said "A trial of the devices [hand-held EDAs] also indicated that the prosecution rate will rise, CREATING FURTHER INCOME". A blatant admission that Capita views the £14 million court costs as an income stream.

Full details here:

http://watchkeeperslog.blogspot.co.uk/20...

Mr Hillas left an annotation ()

So, when the BBC and Capita have their monthly meetings what do they talk about? The weather?

Just how little supervision of the TV Licensing contract and their TV Licensing contractors is too little for the BBC?

Do the BBC ever monitor their TV Licensing contractors on any other bases than pure financial bases?

Peter Jones left an annotation ()

The evidence would seem to suggest that the BBC, despite knowing full well the serious reservations people have about the way the TV licence is enforced, has a very loose hand on the tiller.

I am reminded of this earlier request, where the BBC had no idea at all how many complaints people had made about TV Licensing. Does that sound like they're overseeing their contractors effectively? Does that sound like they'd be aware of all the questionable antics their contractors get up to? https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

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