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952 caught dodging TV licence fee in June

By Staff Reporter

Half of all TV licence evaders are caught in the early morning, evening and at weekends, according to new figures.

A total of 952 evaders were caught without the £147 licence in Northern Ireland in June, and 479 of those were caught out of hours - before 9am, after 5pm and at weekends.

Across the UK, more than 11,000 evaders were caught watching live TV or BBC programmes on iPlayer without a licence in June.

Jonathan King, TV Licensing spokesperson for Northern Ireland, said: "Our officers knock on over 10,000 doors a day in the UK - one every five seconds. In 2016/17, we caught around 256,600 evaders."

The TV licence has been under intense scrutiny in recent days after the pay of top BBC talent was revealed, along with big disparities between male and female broadcasters. Yesterday, BBC Director-General Lord (Tony) Hall said work was under way to close the gender pay gap.

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