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Monday 24 July 2017

Major review into television licence fee to cost €150,000

Comedian David McSavage, who was fined recently for refusing to pay the €160 licence fee, described the review as 'b******s'
Comedian David McSavage, who was fined recently for refusing to pay the €160 licence fee, described the review as 'b******s'
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Taxpayers are to stump up for a new review of the TV licence system, to look into how RTÉ and TG4 are funded.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has published a tender seeking "a review of the adequacy or otherwise of public funding to enable the public service broadcasters, RTÉ and TG4, to meet their public service objects".

A €150,000 budget has been allocated, with a report to the Government set for March 2018.

Last night, RTÉ said that it was "on record in stating that the current collection system for the television licence fee is inefficient and not fit for purpose and that substantial reform of the public funding mechanism is required".

"RTÉ believes that the public funding available to the organisation can be increased without adding to the financial burden on Irish households," a spokesman said.

But comedian David McSavage, who was fined recently for refusing to pay the €160 licence fee, described the review as "b******s".

The 'Savage Eye' star said RTÉ was not discerning enough because it was too used to having licence-payer money on tap.

Irish Independent

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