Watch the short PSA Have You Got Your License Yet?, that was released in 1923.

The BBC began radio broadcasts on 14 November 1922, and less than a year later they were issuing thinly-veiled threats to "pirates" who hadn't paid their licence fee, via the Topical Budget newsreel of 29 October 1923. Presumably the humiliation of being depicted as a chimpanzee was enough to persuade miscreants to pay up - later campaigns would resort to far more direct threats, such as the eternally roving detector van with its postcode database, neither of which had been invented by 1923.

Film Info

0 min 45 sec Duration
  • Posted: February 22, 2011
  • Director: Unknown or Not Available
  • Writer: Unknown or Not Available
  • Studio: British Film Institute
  • Release: October 29, 1923
  • Cast: Unknown or Not Available

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