Broadcasting charge to be introduced in 2015

Broadcasting charge to be introduced in 2015

 

A new broadcasting charge will ensure all devices are brought into the loop for fees, rather than just television sets

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte has published proposals to replace the current television licence fee with a public service broadcasting charge.

The new charge will apply to every household and will come into effect on 1 January 2015.

It will not exceed the current television licence fee of €160.

The minister will also be bringing forward new legislation to revise governance arrangements for the amount of advertising all broadcasters – public and commercial – are allowed to broadcast.

This could involve a cap in the number of minutes of advertising per hour that public service broadcasters are allowed to transmit.

He will be commencing a public consultation process on how the new public service broadcasting charge will be applied and collected.

 

 

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