It was the one question I forgot to ask; hopefully, he won’t mind if I do it via here.
But this debate fascinated me….
Not only for the murky legal water that surrounded this whole issue of when is a TV not a TV, but a PC. Or, indeed, when is a TV not a TV, but a screen…
But the other household piece of receiving equipment that appeared to have slipped beneath the radar.
Because if I’m sat on a train somewhere with my shiny new Apple iPhone in the palm of my hand and there’s a points failure just outside Colchester, at what point does the combination of iPlayer and mobile phone qualify for a TV licence?
What if we’re producing a whole generation of kids that will live their lives through what’s sat in the palm of their hand? God clearly forbid, but what in the event of the next 9/11 everyone is sat there watching BBC News24 ‘live’ on their mobiles – does that not now make a mobile phone a TV?
And should the detector vans not now be parked outside every secondary school playground in the country, picking off the kids one by one?
‘But I’ve never used it as a TV, honest, sir…’
‘Ah, but you’re capable of it, aren’t you?’
I’ve no idea. And judging by the well-informed comments cited above, I’m not sure anyone is wholly the wiser.
But there we are – is a TV not a TV when it’s an Apple iPhone?