“Digital levy” proposed to replace licence feeMike Finnerty 22 Jan 2024
Plans to replace the licence fee with a €10 to €15 a month charge on broadband and internet has been called “regressive.”
First reported in the Sunday Business Post, the Coalition has scrambled to plug the gap in RTÉ funding after reports from earlier this month showed that there was a 13% drop off in people paying for the licence fee in Ireland in 2023 in the wake of the Ryan Tubridy scandal.
The paper reported that Minister for Media Catherine Martin favours a exchequer-funded model for state broadcasting, akin to other European nations, while Minister for Finance Michael McGrath is reportedly advocating for a levy form of financing.
A decision on future funding of RTÉ is due to be made in the early part of 2024, with RTÉ losing as much as €20 million in lost revenue last year from people deciding not to pay or renew their licence fee.