Television licensing in the United Kingdom

Television Licensing In The United Kingdom

Television licensing in the United Kingdom

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In UK English, the noun is spelt "licence", and the verb is spelt "license".

e.g.:
 - a TV licence
 - TV licensing
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------->In the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies, any household watching or recording live television transmissions must purchase a television licence, every year. As of 2010, this costs £145.50 for colour and £49.00 for black and white. The licence is required to receive any live television transmission, whether it is received via terrestrial, satellite, cable, or the Internet. A licence is not, and never has been, required simply to possess a TV set, for the purpose of watching pre-recorded content, or use as a monitor for video games or computers. Although income from the licence is primarily used to fund the television, radio and online services of the BBC, a licence is needed to view all broadcast channels, including commercial services. Total levies from the licence fee were £3.45 billion in 2009&ndash;10 of which £556 million or 16% was provided by the Government through concessions for those over the age of 75.

Operation of the licensing system

The licence fee is set annually by the Secretary of......
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