LETTER: Bullying tactics by the BBC

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Sir: Anyone attracted by the idea of a TV-free home ("Backlash against the television starts here", 26 April) should note a snag. You will get formal written demands to "declare" that you have no TV.

Those affected by this offensive "guilty until you declare your innocence" approach include people with sight impairments, many of the elderly, and those too poor to afford a licence and too honest to watch without one.

The BBC has refused to alter the practice. If it cannot collect licence revenue without bullying vulnerable people, then it is time for it to find another form of revenue-raising.

Dr CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS

University of Birmingham

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