Television licensing in the Republic of Ireland
In Ireland, a television licence is required for any address at which there is a television set. In 2014, the annual licence fee is €160. Revenue is collected by An Post, the Irish postal service. The bulk of the fee is used to fund Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), the state broadcaster. The licence must be paid for any premises that has any equipment that can potentially decode TV signals, even those that are not RTÉ's. The licence is free to anyone over the age of 70, some over 66, some Social Welfare recipients, and the blind. The fee for the licences of such beneficiaries is paid for by the state. The current governing legislation is the Broadcasting Act 2009, in particular Part 9 "Television Licence" and Chapter 5 "Allocation of Public Funding to RTÉ and TG4". Devices which stream television via internet do not need licenses, nor do small portable devices such as mobile phones.
The current government plans to replace the television licence with a Public Service Broadcasting Charge on all primary residences and certain businesses. A public consultation document on the plan was published in August 2013.
Collection and evasion
An Post is responsible for collection of the licence fee and commencement of prosecution proceedings in cases of non-payment. Licences can be purchased and renewed at post offices (in person or by post), or by using a credit card or debit card via a call centre or via the internet. An Post receives commission to cover the cost of its collection service. In 2004, An Post had signalled its intention to withdraw from the business, but was still the agent in 2013. In 2012, 10.25% of licensees paid by direct debit and 11.5% using savings stamps.
An Post maintains a database of addresses and uses this to inspect suspected cases of non-payment. Television dealers are required to supply details of people buying or renting televisions; this is no longer enforced as details supplied were unreliable. There is no obligation on cable and satellite providers to supply details of subscribers; in November 2012, a bill to change this was introduced. Communications minister Pat Rabbitte announced a planned government bill to the same effect in July 2014.
Inspectors, who are An Post employees, visit the premises to verify if TV receiving equipment is present. If speedy payment of the licence is not made following an inspection, court proceedings are commenced by An Post. In 2002, the rate of licence-fee evasion was estimated at 12%. In the Dublin region in that year, approximately 21% of detected evaders were summonsed for prosecution (6,000 cases); approximately one third of these cases resulted in fines, averaging €174. Only 4% of fined evaders followed up three months later had purchased a licence. In 2012, there were 11,500 prosecutions, up 10% on 2011. Of those convicted, 242 were sent to prison: most for a few hours, six overnight. This compared with 49 jailed in 2008.
In 2010, the Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that the evasion rate was estimated at 12%, and the renewed contract with An Post would include provision for a 1 percentage point annual decrease in this.
TV licence fees make up 50% of the revenue of RTÉ. The bulk of the rest comes from RTÉ broadcasting commercials on its radio and TV stations. RTÉ also sells programming to other broadcasting. Some RTÉ services, such as RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Aertel, rte.ie, and the transmission network operate on an entirely commercial basis.
The licence fee does not entirely go to RTÉ. Expenses first deducted include the cost of collection (paid to An Post).
5% of the balance is used for the BCI's "Sound and Vision Scheme", which provides a fund for programme production and restoration of archive material which is open to applications from any quarter. TG4 does not obtain licence fee revenue directly, but does so indirectly as RTÉ is required to provide it with one hour's programming per day, as well as other technical support. RTÉ's accounts express the cost of this as a percentage of its licence fee income, amounting to 5.3% in 2006. The remainder of TG4's funding is direct state grants and commercial income. The 2009 McCarthy Report, commissioned in response to a growing economic crisis, recommended that €10m of TG4's funding should in future come from licence fee revenue; without increasing the fee, this would entail a matching reduction in RTÉ's funding. This reduction is included in the government budget introduced in December 2010.
The RTÉ Authority was replaced by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland which regulates both private and public broadcasters. It is not directly funded from the licence fee; however RTÉ, in common with other broadcasters, pays a levy to the Authority for its services.
The licence has been criticised both in principle and as regards its implementation.
It is opposed for being outdated in a world with an increasing variety of TV channels and audio-visual technologies. Commercial television companies have alleged that RTÉ unfairly uses licence fee to outbid them for broadcast rights to foreign films, TV series, and sports events. RTÉ denies this. European Community competition law prevents state funding of commercial activity, and RTÉ's accounts charge for non-"public service" programming out of its commercial income rather than its licence fee subsidy.
The high cost of collection is presented as inefficient. Licence inspectors' calling to people's doors is seen as intrusive. The low rate of prosecution of non-payers is seen as allowing evaders a "free ride". Alternative funding methods suggested include direct funding from general exchequer revenues, or a levy on electricity bills on the model of Cyprus.
A licence is required per address, rather than per person or per set. It has been considered unfair that the same licence fee applies to a single private dwelling as to a large commercial address, such as a hotel or a privately owned business park. In 2003, there was negative comment after a crackdown on unlicenced television sets at holiday homes, and proposals for a reduced-rate licence for seldom-occupied premises.
RTÉ journalists largely support the existence of the licence, and lobby for greater increases in the fee, as being a revenue stream independent of the government and thus guaranteeing freedom from political influence and associated editorial bias. The opposite claim has also been made: that an annual review of the licence fee by the Government leaves RTÉ liable to political pressure.
A survey of public attitudes to public-sector broadcasting was carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute in 2004. The authors noted that "public discontent at the level and inherently regressive nature of the ad rem licence fee is noticeable by its absence, particularly in contrast to the difficulties associated with the introduction of some ad rem service charges, e.g. bin and water charges." The associated opinion poll recorded agree:disagree percentages of 54:29 for the statement "Public Broadcasting should be financed by the licence fee." Respondents were asked what level of monthly fee they would be prepared to pay to receive RTÉ if subscription access were hypothetically to replace the licence fee: the annualised mean and median household figures were €180 and €252.60, compared to the then licence fee of €150, with those who frequently watched RTÉ programs most willing to pay
Television licences were introduced for the establishment of Telefís Éireann (now RTÉ) in 1962. Radio licences, abolished in 1972, had been introduced by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1904 prior to the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922. Non-compliance was widespread until the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1926 when the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs was empowered to prosecute those with no licence.
Although before 1962 there was no television licence as such, a television set fell under the definition of "wireless receiver"; thus someone possessing a television but no radio would have needed a wireless licence at the same fee as someone with a radio. Conversely between 1962 and 1972, the possessor of a television licence did not need an additional radio licence.
In 1975, members of Conradh na Gaeilge, an Irish language activist group, began campaigning for an Irish-language television station. They adopted tactics learnt from Welsh language activists of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, including non-payment of the television licence, and non-payment of fines imposed for not having a licence. This campaign of civil disobedience ended in 1996 with the establishment of Telefís na Gaeilge (now TG4).
Century Radio, Ireland's first licensed national solely private-sector broadcaster, began broadcasting in 1990. Minister Ray Burke proposed allocating 25% of the television licence revenues to private-sector broadcasters. The government rejected this, but agreed instead to cap RTÉ's advertising income. A tribunal of enquiry later established that Oliver Barry, an investor in Century Radio, had given Burke a political donation of £30,000. The advertising cap was lifted in 1993.
In the mid-1990s, proposals were floated to distribute funding (licence fee income or otherwise) among broadcasters based on content production, on the model of New Zealand. RTÉ successfully persuaded minister Michael D. Higgins against such a change; although the Sound & Vision scheme now operated effectively provides this, at a low level. RTÉ provide 7% (increased from 5% in 2009) of the licence fee to the Sound and Vision fund which is managed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). RTÉ are required by law to commission independent productions with at least 20% of their total licence and 365 hours of programming a year to TG4.
The definition of television in the original licensing legislation presumed a wireless radio broadcast receiver, and it was unclear whether it extended to computers, internet devices, 3G mobile phones, or other newer technologies. In April 2007, then Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Noel Dempsey proposed modernising the definition to include newer technologies The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources cautioned against too broad a definition:
The Joint Committee notes that the proposed changes to the definition and interpretation as to what constitutes a television set could have adverse effects on the perception of Ireland as a global leader in technological developments. The Joint Committee accepts that the introduction of additional forms of licence fee collection, in that regard, could negatively impact on the business sector.
In 2009, a ministerial order under the 2009 Act explicitly exempted two classes of device from the requirement to have a licence; namely, portable devices with small screens such as 3G phones or PDAs, and devices accessing streaming video services via the internet. However, computers with TV tuner cards are not exempt.
The 2009 Act also provides for on-the-spot fines and civil suits to be used against those not having a television licence, in response to negative views of the previous use of criminal proceedings, including imprisonment.
- We will examine the role, and collection of, the TV license fee in light of existing and projected convergence of broadcasting technologies, transform the TV licence into a household-based Public Broadcasting Charge applied to all households and applicable businesses, regardless of the device they use to access content and review new ways of TV licence collection, including the possibility of paying in instalments through another utility bill (electricity or telecom), collection by local authorities, Revenue or new contract with An Post.
In January 2012, minister Pat Rabbitte told the Dáil the existing licence model was inadequate both because it failed to take account of new media and because the evasion rate was 15%. He said his department was studying funding methods of several foreign countries, and was considering using the database being established for the household charge to collect the broadcasting charge. The department commissioned a value-for-money report, completed in April 2013, which found that evasion of the licence fee was increasing and that "the most serious threat to the future effectiveness of the current system is likely to arise from the capacity and convergence of new technology". Based on the report, the department drafted a consultation document on a proposed new "Public Service Broadcasting Charge" which was published on 27 August 2013.
Increases in the licence fee have been irregular. Only one happened between 1986 and 2001. Later increases were essentially index-linked, with none since the financial crisis which began in 2008. Section 124 of the 2009 Act enshrines index-linking in law, although only as a recommendation. The annual fee is set by a statutory instrument (SI) which remains in force until superseded by a later SI. Relevant fees and SIs are as follows:
|2008||1 January||€160||S. I. No. 851/2007|
|2006||1 October||€158||S.I. No. 404/2006|
|2005||1 April||€155||S.I. No. 165/2005|
|2004||1 January||€152||S.I. No. 720/2003|
|2003||1 January||€150[a 1]||S.I. No. 608/2002|
|2002[a 2]||1 January||€107.00||€84.00||S.I. No. 396/2001|
|2001||1 September||£84.50 (€107.29)||£66.50 (€84.44)|
|1996||1 September||£70||£52||S.I. No. 249/1996|
|1986||1 March||£62||£44||S.I. No. 37/1986|
|1984||1 November||£57||£39||S.I. No. 248/1984|
|1983||1 April||£52||£34||S.I. No. 83/1983|
|1980||1 December||£45||£27||S.I. No. 359/1980|
|1978||1 December||£38||£23||S.I. No. 319/1978|
|1977||1 April||£31||£18.50||S.I. No. 76/1977|
|1974||1 October||£20||£12||S.I. No. 270/1974|
|1973||1 October||£15[a 3]||£9[a 4]||S.I. No. 274/1973|
|1972||1 September||£7.50[a 5]||abolished||S.I. No. 210/1972|
|1971||1 September||£7·50[a 6]||£1.50[a 7]||S.I. No. 241/1971|
|1970||1 July||£6||£1 10s||S.I. No. 141/1970|
|1963||1 November||£5||£1 5s||S.I. No. 199/1963|
|1962||1 January||£4[a 8]||£1[a 9]||S.I. No. 279/1961|
|1961||1 September||£1||S.I. No. 174/1961|
|1953||1 April||17s 6d||S.I. No. 55/1953|
|1940||1 June||12s 6d||S.I. No. 117/1940|
|1934||1 October||10s[a 10]||S.I. No. 249/1934|
|1927||July 1||free (blind)||S.I. No. 54/1927|
|1927||January 3||10s (ordinary);
||S.I. No. 1/1927|
|1926||Some time between May 5
and July 6
|£1 (valve set)
|1924||Some time between May 8
and November 19
|1922||July||All licences withdrawn
owing to Irish Civil War
|Until July 1922||10s|
- Price for "Television Licence": monochrome/colour distinction abolished
- Prices rounded down upon the changeover to Euro currency
- "BROADCASTING (TELEVISION) RECEIVING LICENCE (COLOUR AND MONOCHROME)"
- "BROADCASTING (TELEVISION) RECEIVING LICENCE (MONOCHROME ONLY)"
- "Broadcasting (Television) Receiving License"
- "BROADCASTING (TELEVISION) RECEIVING LICENCE (INCLUDING SOUND RADIO BROADCASTS)"
- Fee was unchanged from 1970 but currency had been decimalised
- "BROADCASTING RECEIVING LICENCE (INCLUDING TELEVISION)"
- "BROADCASTING RECEIVING LICENCE (EXCLUDING TELEVISION)"
- i.e. the higher-priced categories of 1927 were abolished; the blind exemption remained.
- S.I. No. 1/1927 §1(b): "Schools and Institutions, as, for example, Colleges, Convents, Hospitals, Convalescent Homes, Boarding Houses, etc."
- S.I. No. 1/1927 §1(c): "Hotels, Restaurants, Cafés, Clubs, Public Houses, etc."
- S.I. No. 1/1927 §1(d): "Public Entertainments, e.g., Public Halls, Cinemas, Bazaars, etc., open to the public on payment of a charge"
- S.I. No. 1/1927 §1(e): "Loud Speaker Station for outside free public reception of broadcast matter as an advertisement or demonstration"
|Year||Total licences||Sold licences||Welfare licences||Receipts (€m)[l 1]||Ref|
- Receipts prior to 2001 are converted from Irish pounds to euros.
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- Government of Ireland (26 November 2003). Broadcasting (Funding) Bill 2003 [Seanad] : Second Stage (Resumed). Dáil Éireann Parliamentary Debates. pp. Volume 575, p.439. Retrieved 28 November 2007. "Mr Eamon Ryan: ... Historically, 8% of the licence fee receipts have been accounted for by An Post's collection costs. It is a very expensive cost. Just 92% of the sum of over €100 that we pay for a television licence will be expended on broadcasting. It is something that we have to address seriously. I propose a much simpler system of funding which is guaranteed by the State through the general taxation system on an index-linked basis. The fund would be set in stone and would not be open to political interference in the budget each year. The moneys would be provided from central Exchequer expenditure. The fundraising and allocation aspects of such a system would be more efficient. One would not have the huge cost of collecting the licence fee and the endless television advertisements would not have to be paid for. Such advertisements remind people, for example, that they have to have a licence for their fourth television in their country home. The incredibly cumbersome present licence collecting system would no longer be needed. The system I propose would be much fairer. Under the present system, an unemployed person or a person with a very low income, for example, has to pay the exact same licence fee as their next-door neighbour who might be earning €500,000 per year. The licence fee is a regressive stealth tax."
- McDonagh, Patricia (16 November 2007). "'Licence fee system should be scrapped'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 November 2007. "Fine Gael's communications spokesman, Simon Coveney, said people are being forced to pay for the estimated 16pc of households that are not willing to pay the licence fee. ... Instead of the current intrusive and inefficient system of collecting money to finance public service broadcasting, the Government could finance it through general taxation, Mr Coveney said."
- "Proposed Broadcasting Bill: Definition of Television and Collection of Licence Fee.". JOINT COMMITTEE ON COMMUNICATIONS, MARINE AND NATURAL RESOURCES. 10 January 2007. Retrieved 28 November 2007. "Mr. Hayes: When I joined RTÉ I asked whether a television licence was required for a holiday home. ... Up to 2003 that is not how it was interpreted because people did not understand that was the law. ... Senator Finucane: Despite the fact these televisions may only be used for two months in the year [...] I think it is unfair."
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