BBC Discrimination against Scottish Gaelic TV

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Feb 062018

Westminster recently closed the iPlayer ‘loophole’ that allowed you to watch BBC catch-up TV without paying the TV tax. However, I discovered that the loophole was not closed for Welsh language channel S4C which is available on iPlayer. Here is an extract from the Official TV Licensing website

Do I need a TV Licence for all on demand programmes?

No. You don’t need a licence if you only ever watch on demand or catch up programmes on services other than BBC iPlayer* (and you also never watch live TV programmes on any channel, including on iPlayer).

You don’t need to be covered by a licence to watch any films or TV shows that you buy online.

*You don’t need a licence to watch S4C TV on demand or listen to radio on iPlayer. You also don’t need one to watch films or TV shows on iPlayer that you’ve bought on the BBC Store.

Unfortunately, you do need a licence for the Scottish language channel BBC Alba. Broadcasting and propaganda legislation is reserved to Westminster so I am sure our Scottish Secretary is doing his utmost to right this injustice. Why not drop him a line and ask for an update? His contact details and email address are here.


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Amazon Prime versus BBC Tax

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Oct 302017

Here is a quick comparison of how the UK state broadcaster compares with Amazon Prime.

DescriptionAmazon PrimeBBC Licence Tax
Annual cost£79.00£147.00
Free next day delivery on Amazon Prime itemsyesno
Free Kindle ebooksyesno
Free streaming music with over 2 million songsyesno
Thousands of movies and TV box setsyesno
Unlimited online foto storageyesno
State broadcasternoyes
Allows you to watch live TVnoyes
Allows you to watch catch-up TVyes (except BBC)yes
Criminal record if you don't paynoyes
Regular letters threatening legal actionnoyes
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BBC Annual Report Snippet #4

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Aug 162017

This snippet shows how the BBC uses a subtle device to make their audience ratings better than they really are. They give themselves marks out of 10 for a number of measures but the lowest score the audience can give is 1, rather than 0. This increases the BBC’s scores by a small but significant amount. The real score out of 10 can be calculated by:

Real score = (BBC score – 1) x 10 / 9

The tables below are extracted from BBC Audience Information Data Tables (document 1) April-June 2015 which are used for the BBC annual report. The real scores out of 10 are shown in blue beside the BBC figures.

The most telling result is for the “I trust the BBC” question of 5.9/10. A value of 5.0 would mean the BBC is trusted and mistrusted by the same number of people. It’s amazing that our precious, precious state broadcaster has such a low trust value. Maybe it would improve if they reported their audience ratings accurately.


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BBC Annual Report Snippet #3

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Aug 042017

Page 55 of the BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17 contains a table showing how many people the BBC employs in different parts of the UK. I have summarised the results for London and Scotland below.

Location% of UK Population% of UK PSB Staff (equivalent full time)

London’s population is only 60% greater that Scotland’s but the BBC employs 570% more Londoners that Scots.

Also remember that most, if not all, of these London employees will be paid the London weighting subsidy which comes out of the BBC tax.

Population figures taken from Wikipedia Countries of the United Kingdom by population

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BBC Annual Report Snippet #2

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Aug 042017

This table shows audience impressions of the BBC by country marked out of 10. The table has been amended to correct the BBC reporting bias as described here. A value of 5.0 in the real scores is neutral – neither favourable nor unfavourable.

CountryReport PageGeneral Impression of BBC (BBC score)General Impression of BBC (real score)
Northern Ireland436/105.5/10

Surprising that the BBC can only muster 6.7 out of 10 in their own country.

Source: BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17

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BBC Annual Report Snippet #1

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Aug 012017

The BBC Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17 includes a breakdown of how much of their TV tax is collected and spent in each UK country (apart from England). This is summarised in the table below.

CountryReport PageIncome £millionsSpend £millionsWithheld £millionsWithheld %
Northern Ireland10199.897.22.62.6

Interesting that Wales and Northern Ireland get to keep most of their tax but Scotland gives up £88.7 million or 27%.

Also interesting that the BBC do not see the need for a report section for England. Maybe it would then be obvious where Scotland’s missing millions are spent?

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Unionist Bingo

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Oct 162016


Here is a great way to rank Unionist rants. Tot up all the times the above phrases appear in any article or other media. A score of 4 or above means you are dealing with a raving yunatic.

Check out our Unionist Bingo page for the latest version.

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Norway’s £850billion Curse

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Oct 032016


The Unionist media love to go on about how iScotland would be bankrupt because of the recent dip in oil prices – the “curse of oil”. Norway has roughly the same oil and gas resources as Scotland but, instead of giving it away to their neighbour, they invested it in a community oil fund for the people of Norway. You can see how it has grown in the chart above. A Norwegian kroner is worth about 12 pence so the oil fund is currently worth about £850,000,000,000 (850 billion pounds).

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