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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# TV licence

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# Your Say
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.
# TV licence
'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.
# Journalism
No plans for TV licence payment moratorium during Covid-19 crisis
RTÉ announced yesterday that it will be availing of the wage subsidy scheme.
# rte cuts
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.”
# dee forbes
'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.
# rte cuts
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”.
# An Post
'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.
# one sixty
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.
# sign o' the times
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.
# newsflash
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.
# retail and services
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.
# Boost
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.
# Pay Up
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 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.
# next five years
RTÉ says the TV licence fee system needs to be reformed
But that doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in the fee.
# Pay Up
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.
# Tax Evasion
Poll: Do you pay your TV licence?
Calls are being made to transfer the fee collection from An Post to Revenue.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you support raising the TV licence fee to €175?
RTÉ has called for the fee to be raised.
# Broadcasting
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.
# bounty hunters
Private firm to be hired to chase TV licence evaders
Ireland’s evasion rate stands at 13.75% – much higher than the EU average.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Do you pay your TV licence?
It costs €160 a year and every premises with a television is supposed to have one.
# not so pc
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.
# Your Say
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.
# Your Say
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.
# sunday interview
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.
# catch-up viewing
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the government replace the TV licence?
The new communications minister has no intention of bringing in a new charge.
# Courts
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.
RTÉ loves David McSavage even if he doesn’t love them
The comedian has criticised the state broadcaster and refused to pay his TV licence.
# savage fine
Does David McSavage have a TV licence or not? He doesn't seem to know
The courts say he does, he says he doesn’t.
# State Papers
Irish people really didn't like paying for their TV licence 30 years ago
The government needed to make savings in 1985, and RTE was very much in the firing line.
# Not the TV licence
Whatever happened to that broadcasting charge we were supposed to pay this year?
It was supposed to replace the TV licence but it hasn’t happened. Will it ever?
# dublin property
Could RTÉ sell off some its Donnybrook land to make some cash?
Alex White said RTÉ “needs to be vigilant with their costs”.
# moutjoy
Single mother from Donegal jailed for not paying her TV licence
She was taken by taxi to the Dóchas centre, where she was held for three hours.
# Data
Did you pay your TV licence last year? A lot of people in Kerry didn't
Due to the size of the city, Dublin topped new figures on summonses.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Everyone’s talking about Garth Brooks, the cabinet reshuffle and Google smartphones for robots…
# TV licence
Britain wants to stop sending people to jail over tv licences - but Ireland is unlikely to follow suit
Britain sent 51 people to jail last year for not paying their tv licence – while Ireland imprisoned 411 people.
RTÉ proposes 'modest increase in public funding' over next five years
The broadcaster said that this would enable it to significantly improve its service to audiences.