TV licence dodgers face new crackdown
An Post could be given unprecedented access to Sky and UPC customer data to clamp down on TV licence dodgers.
One-in-six Irish people currently not paying their TV licence, costing over €100,000 a day in lost revenue.
But An Post will now be supplied with a range of new information covering the viewing habits of thousands of television viewers, under proposals by Communications Minister, Alex White. Minister White has conceded a proposed blanket €160 household broadcast charge will not be introduced until after the general election.
It is felt this would be hugely unpopular following controversies over the local property tax and particularly water charges.
But he has now confirmed legislation will be brought forward which will enable more information on the habits of multi-channel subscribers to be made available to An Post.
This will include viewers who are availing of services from providers such as UPC and Sky.
Announcing the proposals before the Cabinet yesterday, Mr White said the licence fee evasion problem is currently estimated to exceed 15pc.
This results in an annual loss of over €25m to broadcasters.