Hello. The BBC is trying to take over the world. It is now asking, no demanding, that people register to listen to BBC radio stations online. I have found it convenient to tune into Radio 4 and local BBC Radio while I am doing something else on the computer. It's easy to do, a couple of clicks and you can find what you want. I have particularly enjoyed Owain the weatherman on BBC Radio York on a Saturday afternoon, he has a three hour programme and plays some smashing music. Now I am asked to register to listen to him. I have looked for the station on the stereo player, but the signal is not good and the crackles are irritating.
You all know that I don't have a TV, and from last September I have not watched anything on iplayer since they brought in the new rule. I will not pay for a licence on principle when there is so much rubbish broadcast. After many years declaring to the licensing people that I don't need a licence, (they send me letters), I have recently replied to the latest. I have had confirmation back from them saying they accept my declaration and will contact me in two years time. Fair enough, I can accept they need to check.
But what will happen if I register to listen to the radio? You can bet your bottom dollar it will give them more ammunition to hassle me. There will be emails and letters winging their way in my direction. Once every two years I can put up with, but it is well known on the forums that they try and brow beat people into submission. I can do without that. So that's why I am reluctant to give them more information. I only want to listen to the BBC radio stations, which is free to anyone without a licence.
Here are some of the reasons they give for asking listeners to register. Most of it is bullshit, sorry, but I can't think of a nicer word to describe it. My replies in red.
If you’re 13 or over we’ll ask for your email address. If you’re under 13 we’ll ask you to create a username, which is different from a display name. You can find out more about display names here.
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