TV Licensing Blog Quiz Of The Year 2016

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TV Licensing Blog Quiz Of The Year 2016

Let's see how closely you have been following TV Licensing news and TV Licensing Blog articles over the last year.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    At the very start of 2016 this Capita TV Licensing skip licker made a YouTube reappearance in the Teesside area. Who is he?
    • A. 

      Neal Nevison

    • B. 

      Oswald Norton

    • C. 

      Burgess Nasr

    • D. 

      Terry Docherty

  • 2. 
    Back in January 2016 the BBC made a novel suggestion about how it might try to raise extra revenue in the future. What was it?
    • A. 

      By asking those eligible for a "free" over-75 TV licence, which the BBC will soon assume responsibility for, to pay the fee voluntarily.

    • B. 

      By abolishing staff discounts in the BBC shop.

    • C. 

      By increasing the price of BBC tours.

    • D. 

      By introducing a paywall on the BBC iPlayer.

  • 3. 
    Housewife's favourite Tony Blackburn was criticised by Dame Janet Smith in her eagerly awaited review into the Jimmy Savile sex scandal. It would appear that the ancient DJ completely forgot the fact he had been previously interviewed in relation to another BBC scandal, the suicide of troubled teenager Claire McAlpine. What pseudonym did Dame Janet use for Blackburn?
    • A. 

      Witness R2

    • B. 

      Witness A7

    • C. 

      Witness C3

    • D. 

      Witness D2

  • 4. 
    The BBC was criticised earlier this year by SNP Member of Parliament Dr Paul Monaghan. What was his gripe?
    • A. 

      The tilt of the BBC weather map making it appear that Scotland is smaller than it actually is.

    • B. 

      The dominance of English BBC weather presenters on the UK forecast.

    • C. 

      The small amount of time BBC weather presenters spend talking about Scotland during the UK forecast.

    • D. 

      The biased way BBC weather presenters highlight poor weather in Scotland.

  • 5. 
    In March our noble colleague Raymond Cox managed to apprehend this Capita Court Presenter peddling his immoral wares at Grantham Magistrates' Court. What is the name of this particular Capita low life?
    • A. 

      Tony Kaminskas

    • B. 

      Neil Blood

    • C. 

      Chris Christophorou

    • D. 

      Chris Christiou

  • 6. 
    Dame Janet Smith, pictured, published her long awaited report into Jimmy Savile's sex crimes at the BBC. Readers were left astonished that Dame Janet fell short of saying "the BBC knew what Savile was doing", when apparently everyone else did. The BBC commissioned a second volume of the report, which focused on the sex crimes of Stuart Hall. The author of this second report clearly had a bit more bottle, because she said "certain BBC bosses knew what Hall was doing". Which former High Court judge wrote the second report?
    • A. 

      Dame Caroline Swift

    • B. 

      Dame Mary Hogg

    • C. 

      Dame Linda Dobbs

    • D. 

      Dame Laura Cox

  • 7. 
    On 1st September 2016 the BBC's wish was finally granted when new legislation came into effect to close the so-called "iPlayer loophole". The TV Licensing Blog has maintained that the ridiculous new legislation is poorly written and totally unenforceable. In which one of the following situations is a TV licence legally required?
    • A. 

      Watching S4C programmes on-demand via the BBC iPlayer.

    • B. 

      Listening to some obscure BBC Local Radio station via the BBC iPlayer.

    • C. 

      Watching BBC Parliament programmes on-demand via the BBC iPlayer.

    • D. 

      Downloading a BBC Radio 2 programme via the BBC iPlayer.

  • 8. 
    The BBC regularly displays contempt towards people seeking information using the Freedom of Information Act 2000. It is a bit of a joke the way the Corporation will often ignore requests and trot out spurious reasons for non-disclosure. In July 2016 egg was left of the BBC's face when it inadvertently disclosed information confirming how ineffective TV Licensing's enforcement regime actually is. Which one of the following statistics, for the 12 months to 31st March 2015, was not disclosed?
    • A. 

      That Capita, the TV Licensing contractor responsible for the prosecution of alleged TV licence evaders, was awarded in excess of £120m in prosecution costs.

    • B. 

      That there were only 116 detection requests across the whole UK.

    • C. 

      That there were only 305.8 full time equivalent "visiting officers" across the whole UK.

    • D. 

      That there were no search warrants granted to TV Licensing for properties in London.

  • 9. 
    In July 2016 we reported that the TV Licensing call centre had a novel way for dealing with customer enquiries. In the previous year, how many incoming calls did TV Licensing terminate without answering?
    • A. 

      50,000.

    • B. 

      100,000.

    • C. 

      150,000.

    • D. 

      200,000.

  • 10. 
    In October 2016 we wrote an article about another of TV Licensing's dirty little secrets, the so-called "strike rate". Which of these definitions best fits the term "strike rate"?
    • A. 

      The percentage of unlicensed properties where the occupier complains about TV Licensing's menacing correspondence.

    • B. 

      The percentage of TV Licensing goon interactions that result in a member of the public being assaulted.

    • C. 

      The percentage of unlicensed properties visited where a Code 8 prosecution statement is taken.

    • D. 

      The percentage of unlicensed properties visited by TV Licensing during peak time.

  • 11. 
    On 1st November 2016 the newly appointed BBC Director of Radio & Education started in their role. Who is it?
    • A. 

      Danny Cohen.

    • B. 

      Bob Shennan.

    • C. 

      James Purnell.

    • D. 

      Helen Boaden.

  • 12. 
    In November 2016 we reported that the BBC had been accused of faking footage it passed off as genuine in a documentary programme. Which programme?
    • A. 

      Horizon.

    • B. 

      Planet Earth.

    • C. 

      Who Do You Think You Are?

    • D. 

      Life And Death Row.

  • 13. 
    The earnings of several leading BBC "celebrities" were published back in May 2016. At the time of our article, which of the following made the highest income from the BBC?
    • A. 

      Graham Norton

    • B. 

      Jeremy Vine

    • C. 

      Gary Lineker

    • D. 

      Chris Evans

  • 14. 
    In July 2016 we reported that Bolton man Christopher Coulson narrowly avoided jail for which crime?
    • A. 

      Picking up a TV Licensing goon and throwing him down a flight of stairs.

    • B. 

      Chasing a pair of TV Licensing goons and smashing up their car with a baseball bat.

    • C. 

      Ramming into a TV Licensing goon with a wheelbarrow.

    • D. 

      Threatening a TV Licensing goon with a samurai sword.

  • 15. 
    Only a week ago, in mid December 2016, the BBC announced that it would be extending Capita's TV Licensing contract. When will the extended contract expire?
    • A. 

      2020

    • B. 

      2021

    • C. 

      2022

    • D. 

      2023

  • 16. 
    How did the BBC first discover that it had inadvertently released a range of sensitive TV Licensing information into the public domain?
    • A. 

      It read about it on the TV Licensing Blog.

    • B. 

      The Telegraph wrote an article all about it.

    • C. 

      The BBC's quality assurance process picked up the mistake.

    • D. 

      Someone tweeted about the BBC's incompetent oversight.

  • 17. 
    TV Licensing does hours of crucially important research into viewer habits, because the quirky findings offer a convenient smokescreen for getting its real message - get a TV licence or else - published in various media outlets. In our opinion a lot of TV Licensing research is unsubstantiated bullshit. According to TV Licensing's unsubstantiated bullshit, what is the most popular nickname for a TV remote control in the East Midlands?
    • A. 

      Zapper.

    • B. 

      Doofer.

    • C. 

      Flicker.

    • D. 

      Remote.

  • 18. 
    In October 2016 the BBC attracted criticism for appearing to glamorise rape. In which programme did the offending scene appear?
    • A. 

      Jim'll Fix It.

    • B. 

      Poldark.

    • C. 

      Rolf Harris' Cartoon Time.

    • D. 

      It's A Knockout!

  • 19. 
    At the start of August 2016 we reported that the weekly listenership of BBC Radio 1 had fallen to a 10 year low. To the nearest million, how many people tune into BBC Radio 1 every week?
    • A. 

      5 million.

    • B. 

      7 million.

    • C. 

      9 million.

    • D. 

      11 million.

  • 20. 
    In July 2016 the BBC was again the butt of jokes with the revelation that it has more than 5,000 different job titles. Which of the following is not a BBC job title?
    • A. 

      Portfolio Support Co-ordinator.

    • B. 

      Change Management Lead.

    • C. 

      Full Stack Developer.

    • D. 

      Complaint Mitigation Manager.