The Communications Minister Denis Naughten has shot down a request by RTE to increase the cost of the TV licence fee.
RTE’s Director General Dee Forbes yesterday called for an increase in the fee, saying it’s impossible for the national broadcaster to plan ahead for next year, because of uncertainty over its income streams.
She argued that, if the TV licence fee kept pace with inflation, it would now be at 175 euro instead of the current 160 euro.
However, a spokesperson for Denis Naughten said the Roscommon-based Minister would not be considering raising the cost of the TV licence.
Instead, the Minister wants a greater focus on collecting unpaid fees – rather than hiking the cost for families who do pay.
It’s estimated that almost 14% of households don’t pay their TV licence, which amounts to a loss of almost 40 million euro per year.
Minister Naughten recently announced a clampdown on evaders, including the hiring of “enforcers” to collect outstanding TV licence fees.