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Should you need a licence to watch TV?

In the UK, you need to have a licence to watch TV. The licence pays for the BBC, the British Broadcasting Corporation and one of the biggest TV providers in the country. There are no commercials on BBC channels, which aim to provide good quality original programmes and relatively unbiased news coverage. If you have a TV licence, you also have a right to watch BBC iPlayer.

You can be prosecuted if you are found to be watching TV without a licence and have to pay a fine of up to £1,000.

Is it reasonable to ask for a licence to fund public broadcasting, as it's non-essential, for the taxpayer's benefit and should not be controlled by corporations? Or is it better to watch TV without paying for a licence, and have more commercials?
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