Why? Well, it’s all down to the interpretation of the 2003 Licensing Act which only came into force last year.
Turns out that the BBC may need a licence for some forms of public entertainment after all. A studio full of people watching a live band counts as public entertainment. And until Hammersmith and Fulham council can issue a licence, the BBC can’t hold music performances in front of the general public in their London Television Centre base.
But to avoid disruption to filming (like having to move to a different studio that is licensed), BBC staff are being encouraged to attend - since they’re not ordinary members of the public - getting around the current licensing difficulties.
I wonder if the council have the equivalent of a TV Detector van?