Payment of the TV fee is linked to media consumption

TV license fees will be linked to media consumption as part of the reforms to RTÉ funding to be agreed by the Cabinet.

he Cabinet will today approve the publication of the Commission’s report on the future of the media, which outlines a set of proposals to ensure that all forms of media are “viable, independent and able to achieve public service objectives”.

The Commission made several recommendations for funding RTÉ, including the introduction of a household fee, a fixed subsidy from the Treasury and reforms to the current license fee system.

However, Media Minister Catherine Martin has decided against these proposals and is instead setting up a “technical working group” to consider reforms to the current television licensing model.

The technical group will address issues related to more effective royalty collection.

They will also look at how the license fee can be “future-proofed so that revenue increases as the housing stock grows,” according to a briefing on the government’s plans.

The note also states, “The royalty remains, but needs to be adjusted to fit the way people actually consume media now, and the collection needs to be strengthened.”

“All of this would come after a further review of the potential revenue-generating capacity of the television licensing system. It will be necessary to work with other departments, agencies and An Post to work through these complex issues in detail,” she added.

The document states that work to define the necessary legislative and administrative changes will begin immediately.

Separately, an additional 2,000 military and civilian personnel will be added to the Defense Forces under plans approved by the Cabinet.

Defense Secretary Simon Coveney will present a memo to Cabinet today to increase government spending on the military to €1.5 billion a year by 2028.

The focus of the new funding is to increase Defense Forces personnel from 9,500 to 11,500.

The proposals, outlined in the Commission on Defense Forces report, will result in €8 billion in taxpayers’ money being spent on the Irish army over the next six years. Payment of the TV fee is linked to media consumption

Fry Electronics Team

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