THE GOVERNMENT last month confirmed its intention to replace the TV licence with a new household ‘broadcasting charge’ – which it says would more accurately reflect how people consume media now.
Currently the majority of TV licence funding goes to RTÉ, with a small amount going to TG4 – but the government says this does not reflect how people now consume media, with many watching TV programmes directly online instead.
This week the chairman of the newspaper group which publishes the Irish Examiner and Sunday Business Post said newspapers should also benefit from the charge – as newspapers also have a public service function in carrying news and scrutinising society.
Independent radio broadcasters have welcomed the idea of a new charge, arguing that they also fulfil a public service by broadcasting local news which would not otherwise be open to such scrutiny.
Today we’re asking what you think – if newspapers perform a public service, and if online news outlets (like this one) are to be regulated as Ruairí Quinn wishes, then should the new charge be distributed among non-broadcasters?