why do we have to pay tv licence
THE TV LICENCE fee is back in the news today as calls are being made for its collection to be transferred from An Post to Revenue. An Oireachtas committee will recommend next week that the transfer be made to eliminate evasion and raise an extra Б30 million a year. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Fine Gael senator Tim Lombard said: БWe have seen the positive nature of Revenue Commissioners being involved in collecting other taxes previously in the state. БThere is Б30 million in uncollected revenue every year, and I believe the Revenue Commissioners would be able to abolish that level of evasion.
So, we want to know: Do you pay your TV licence? б t present, you can (legitimately) avoid paying the бе145. 50 per year for a standard colour TV Licence if you limit viewing to catch-up TV services. б б However,б today the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said that theб TV licensing iPlayer loophole will be closed as soon as practicable. б Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, he said: When the licence fee was invented, video on demand did not exist.
And while the definition of television in the legislation covers live streaming, it does not require viewers to have a licence if they watch BBC programmesб through the iPlayer even if it is just a few minutes after transmission. The BBC works on the basis that all who watch it pay for it. Giving a free ride to those who enjoy Sherlock or Bake Off an hour, a day or a week after they are broadcast was never intended and is wrong.
Viewers of other catch-up services, such as 4oD and ITV Player, will not be required to purchase a TV Licence as long as they don't watch or record live TV, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed to Telegraph Money today. б Martin Lewis, founder of MoneySavingExpert. com, said: This is the first time that there has been a differentiation between the BBC and other networks. б WeБve seen a massive move towards people watching TV online only, to avoid the subscription fee.
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