Thursday, 21 November 2019

Questions (189)

Joan Burton

Question:

189. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the future of the television licence fee system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48344/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Government has accepted the recommendations of the Working Group on the Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting that the TV licence be put out to public tender. The Government has also agreed that an amendment to give effect to this decision be introduced at the Committee stage of the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill, 2019. That legislation completed Second Stage in the Dáil in October 2019. The contract for TV licence collection will be for a period of 5 years in order to make it feasible for the successful tenderer to invest in the database and collection improvements. At the end of the contract period, the licence fee will be replaced by a device-independent charge to support public service content.

Questions Nos. 190 to 196, inclusive, answered with Question No. 188.