Television licensing in Italy

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All owners of television equipment or any other equipment able or adaptable so to receive television are required by Italian law to have a television licence. The licence is used to part-fund the Italian public service broadcaster RAI. The licence fee was introduced for owners of radio sets in 1923, and is currently governed by a law which dates back to 1938. The annual cost of the licence fee is around €100 once VAT (IVA) is accounted for.

Unlike television licensing in the United Kingdom, there is no exception for those who only use a TV to receive non-broadcast signals such as playing DVDs or watching online videos.

From January 2016 all Italian electricity bills will carry a monthly surcharge which will be the equivalent of one tenth of the annual TV licence fee.

Cost of the licence fee over time[edit]

The following table shows the cost of the licence fee excluding the base rate and valued-added tax.

Year Black & White TV Color TV
1981 L. 36,320 L. 66,930[1]
1988 L. 88,740 L. 108,770[2]
1990 L. 113,700 L. 114,680[3]
1991 L. 131,140[4]
1992 L. 137,730[5]
1998 L. 156,150[6]
1999 L. 160,530[7]
2000 L. 164,860[8]
2001 L. 167,360[9]
2002 87.76[10]
2003 91[11]
2004 93.46[12]
2007 97.76[13]
2008 98.72[14]

Abrogation Proposal[edit]

On 5 January 2018, Italian former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi proposed to abolish the RAI licensing fee.[15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Decreto Ministeriale 12/08/1980 n. 528600
  2. ^ DM 04/07/1987 n. 478600
  3. ^ DM 27/12/1989 n. 938500
  4. ^ DM 20/12/1990 n. 869200
  5. ^ DM 20/12/1991 n. 959100
  6. ^ DM 29/11/1996 n. 10172400
  7. ^ DM 16/12/1998, n. 1373700
  8. ^ DM 13/12/1999, n. 1354200
  9. ^ DM 13/12/2000, n. 1383200
  10. ^ DM 30/11/2001, n. 18919
  11. ^ DM 20/12/2002, n. 10281
  12. ^ DM 22/12/2003, n. 13061
  13. ^ DM 15/12/2006, n. 24789
  14. ^ DM 18/12/2007, n. 29373
  15. ^ http://www.liberoquotidiano.it/news/politica/13296469/matteo-renzi-mediaset-canone-rai-tetti-pubblicitari-mossa-omicida.html