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Poll: Should a broadcasting charge replace the TV licence?

A new household-based charge is being proposed by Government to address TV licence evasion and the use of online television viewing. What do you think, is it a good idea?

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THE MINISTER FOR Communications Pat Rabbitte wants to abolish the current TV licence payment and replace it with a broadcasting charge payable by every household and business in Ireland – regardless of whether they have a television set or not.

Rabbitte told the Dáil yesterday that there is now many “new mechanisms to access television content”, referring to those who watch television online.

He said the proposed household-based charge would address the issue of content being accessed through a number of devices other than televisions. It would also tackle current evasion as about €25 million is lost through people not paying the licence fee.

The Minister insisted any broadcasting charge would not be a new levy – just a replacement to the current TV licence. He told Morning Ireland that the proposed charge would not be more expensive and could even be less so.

Today, we would like to know if such a change to the system would be welcomed.

Should a broadcasting charge replace the TV licence?

Poll Results:

No (1704)
Yes, as long as it is not more expensive (1039)
Yes (163)
Don't know (108)

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