Proposed broadcasting charge must be used to reduce TV licence fee – Moynihan

Published on: 26 February 2013

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Michael Moynihan TD, says the imposition of a new Broadcasting charge on every household in the country must result in a reduction to the current TV licence fee.

Deputy Moynihan was reacting to the announcement today by Minister Pat Rabbitte that every home in the country will have to pay the new broadcasting fee even if they don’t have a TV.

“This proposed charge must not be a cover for the Government to raise more revenue. Any extra finance gathered from the charge must be redistributed and used to offset some of the cost of the licence fee for consumers.

“Technological advances in recent years now means that TVs are just one medium used to access public service broadcasting. If a broadcasting charge is to be imposed, this will broaden the base on which the levy is administered and it should be recognised as an effective way to reduce the cost base for individual households.
“I am calling on Minister Rabbitte to publish the report he has commissioned on the new broadcasting fee as soon as it is available so we can have an open and frank debate on the issue.”

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