The abolition of the BBC licence fee came a step closer yesterday when Downing Street backed plans to decriminalise non-payment. All three main parties will vote on Tuesday to end the threat of prison sentences for fee dodgers. More than 180,000 viewers – almost 3,500 a week – appeared in court in 2012 accused of watching TV without a licence. Most of them were fined and handed a criminal record. Every year around 70 people end up in jail. Full story >>
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