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Presenters ‘being paid off the books’
7:30pm Friday 27th July 2012 in Letters to the Editor
ROGUE trader TV celebrity Dan Penteado is found guilty of not declaring £56,000 of earnings from the BBC (Daily Echo News, July 18).
According to the Daily Mail (July 17), 148 BBC stars are avoiding tax. They are working through “personal service companies” that allow them to minimise their tax contributions and national insurances. I find this incredible. Last week almost an entire page in the Echo was given to TV licence dodgers who were found guilty in court, while at the same time the BBC pot had the cheek to call the public’s kettle black? Just another good reason on a very long list as to why the TV licence should be abolished.
The BBC is funded through the taxpayer and licence fee. It’s interesting to note independent TV is equally as good and costs the public nothing. A lot of us pay for satellite or cable TV but still get clobbered for that dreaded TV licence even though we want nothing whatsoever to do with the BBC.
But the biggest disappointment for me is seeing almost one-third of the BBC’s presenters with a cheesy grin. I can’t help wonder if, as a TV licence holder, am I implicit in their shoddy dealings?
MIKE FRY, Moorland Crescent, Upton