BBC blows £13mil­lion fee cash on re­minders

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THE BBC has spent more than £13.5mil­lion send­ing out nearly 85 MIL­LION li­cence fee re­minders to peo­ple in un­der four years.

The Beeb ad­mit­ted that it sent 84,718,124 re­minders – dubbed ‘threatograms’ by some re­cip­i­ents – to sup­pos­edly un­li­censed ad­dresses from April 2008 to Jan­uary this year.

The to­tal for the pe­riod, £13,570,032, is footed by li­cence fee pay­ers who stump up their £145.50-a-year fee to the Beeb.

A spokesman for the BBC said: “Un­li­censed ad­dresses are those not cov­ered by a valid TV Li­cence, where we have a rea­son to be­lieve a li­cence is re­quired.”

The BBC con­firmed in a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest that the £13.5m was paid to UK Mail, adding: “Postal ser­vices for TV Li­cens­ing are con­tracted to UK Mail (on be­half of Royal Mail).”

The cor­po­ra­tion, how­ever, re­fused to say how much it spent on pa­per, ink, print­ing, fin­ish­ing and en­clos­ing the let­ters, say­ing it would be ‘prej­u­di­cial to the com­mer­cial in­ter­ests’ of the con­trac­tors.

A BBC source said: “The num­bers are truly stag­ger­ing. Ba­si­cally, we are send­ing let­ters to 20m peo­ple a year and spend­ing a lot of money in the process.”

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