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TV inspector excuses give us all a licence to giggle

Editor's Viewpoint

If the BBC is looking for material for a new sitcom, it need go no further than the list of excuses put forward by viewers when confronted with TV Licensing officials.

Some of them are hilarious, including the one from a Magherafelt man who tried to pass off his set as an artificial fire.

It is encouraging to note that 94% of viewers do have a licence, and while some may baulk at the £147 a year fee, it does represent great value.

The BBC, through its output on TV, radio and other platforms, is rightly regarded as one of the world's premier broadcasters, and we often take for it granted. But such quality and independence does not come cheaply.

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