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# TV licence

Last month
November 2023
'We should tread carefully': Donohoe urges caution on suggestion of Revenue collecting TV licence
It was reported today that Media Minister Catherine Martin is in favour of abolishing the TV licence fee and replacing it with direct taxpayer funding for RTÉ.
This year
TV licence income down €14.2m on 2022 as growing numbers opt to not renew after RTÉ scandal
Revenues from the TV licence are down 31% from 1 July to 16 October compared with the corresponding period for last year.
Public tell TDs 'enough is enough' as they say they won't renew TV licences amid RTÉ controversy
A report by
Stephen McDermott
Media Minister Catherine Martin has been contacted almost 100 times about TV licence since scandal broke in June.
Minister Catherine Martin receives second Grant Thornton report on payments to Tubridy
The first report had found that RTÉ underdeclared presenter Ryan Tubridy’s earnings.
Taoiseach encourages public to pay TV licence fee as RTÉ funding is hit
Varadkar says he would “strongly encourage” people to continue to pay their licence fee.
Quiz: How much do you know about the TV licence?
If you get 10/10 your licence fee is waived (not really).
Nearly 15,000 court summonses for failure to pay for a TV licence were issued last year
Nearly 10,000 cases appeared before the courts.
Over 30% of defendants facing TV licence prosecutions fail to turn up to court
Dublin District Court’s had 136 defendants who failed to pay the fine.
Number of TV licences issued drops by thousands in wake of RTÉ pay scandal
The latest figures released this afternoon show that 8,922 TV licences were issued last week compared to 12,981 in 2022.
Dublin judge hits out at RTÉ and 'Godlike personalities' in criticism during TV licence hearing
The judge said defendants are “crippled with the cost of living”.
All time
Poll: Do you pay your TV licence?
A report has recommended that the licence fee should be replaced by exchequer funding.
RTÉ has spent the equivalent of 7,425 TV licence fees on ads for the TV licence since 2018
Ads remind television owners that they must pay a €160 fee every year.
'Broken' TV licence system costing €50 million per year, RTÉ tells Oireachtas committee
The committee also heard of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the media industry.
No plans for TV licence payment moratorium during Covid-19 crisis
RTÉ announced yesterday that it will be availing of the wage subsidy scheme.
An ode to Lyric FM: Letters from the public ask RTÉ to protect their 'oasis of calm'
“In our troubled world of Boris, Brexit, Trump and other forms of madness, Lyric is an oasis of culture, calm and beauty.”
'It's fair value for 44c a day': RTÉ boss to make direct appeal to politicians over TV licence reforms
Forbes wants the Government to take action to tackle households evading the licence fee.
If everyone with a TV paid their licence fee in 2018, RTÉ would have an extra €32 million
As RTÉ restructures its organisation with staff cuts and asset sales, there’s a new focus on Ireland’s high TV licence evasion rates.
Government was only told of RTÉ cuts plan this morning - Simon Coveney
Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary told the Tánaiste that “Good media is dying on the vine while you whistle by the graveyard”.
'Our network is under attack': Postmasters warn post offices could close over new TV licence plans
An Post has said TV licence payments represent an “essential income stream” for postmasters.
From 2024, the government wants to include phones and laptops in your TV licence fee
The government said that the TV licence fee should be replaced by a new charging system.
Poll: Should the TV licence fee be extended to include watching content on phones and laptops?
The government plans to pivot to a “device independent broadcasting charge” by 2024.
Government official says RTÉ may need 'radical re-thinking' - not more public funding
The State broadcaster had around 100 fewer staff opt for redundancies that it hoped.
The government was told that shifting TV licence duties to Revenue would crush post offices
A union representing An Post workers made the claims in a letter to ex-minister Denis Naughten.
BAI backs 'immediate' €30m-a-year increase in public funding for RTÉ
Ireland’s broadcasting regulator says both RTÉ and TG4 deliver value for Irish audiences.
Hotels and businesses may have to pay more for TV licences
Leinster House, which has around 1,000 TVs is only required to pay for one TV licence.
TV inspectors carrying out more weekend and evening inspections for unpaid fees
Additional temporary inspectors have also been appointed to improve the compliance rate.
RTÉ says the TV licence fee system needs to be reformed
But that doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in the fee.
There has been a jump in the number of people buying a TV licence in the last year
The jump in the figures over the last year is largely attributed to the public awareness campaign rolled out by the Department of Communications.
Poll: Do you pay your TV licence?
Calls are being made to transfer the fee collection from An Post to Revenue.
Poll: Do you support raising the TV licence fee to €175?
RTÉ has called for the fee to be raised.
RTÉ boss calls for hike in TV licence fee to €175
RTÉ is to post a deficit in its 2016 annual report due to be published soon.
Private firm to be hired to chase TV licence evaders
Ireland’s evasion rate stands at 13.75% – much higher than the EU average.
Poll: Do you pay your TV licence?
It costs €160 a year and every premises with a television is supposed to have one.
You won't have to buy a TV licence for your laptop, PC or tablet
The idea to extend the TV licence fee to other devices has been scrapped by Denis Naughten.
Evening poll: Should people have to pay their TV licence to watch the RTÉ player?
The financial struggles at RTÉ have been in the news a lot in recent days.
Poll: Would you pay more for your TV licence?
RTÉ director general Dee Forbes suggested the licence fee should be double its current rate yesterday.
Bosco: 'I don't trust the bosses in RTÉ and I'd give them the sack'
Bosco spoke to about RTÉ’s decision to outsource children’s programming and also gave some insightful opinions on Donald Trump.
TV licence required to watch BBC iPlayer in the UK, but no such rules on the way for the RTÉ Player
Minister Denis Naughten is bringing forward plans to crackdown on TV licence fee evasion this autumn.
Poll: Should the government replace the TV licence?
The new communications minister has no intention of bringing in a new charge.
Comedian David McSavage convicted and fined for not paying TV licence arrears
He previously told the court he was against paying due to his grievance with the way RTÉ spends taxpayers’ money.