100 Words, 100 Days: Day 50. On Television Licences.

By law, every household in Ireland must pay €160 for a television licence. This payment goes to RTE, our national television and radio broadcaster. For this money we get Ryan Tubridy and The Late Late Show, interminable reality TV shows, awful attempts at comedy and quite risible drama, with very few exceptions.

In Great Britain, for £145.50, viewers get Doctor Who, The Hour, Merlin, Being Human, Ashes to Ashes and plenty of quality one-off drama like last week’s Page Eight, starring Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes.

We get Pat Shortt, repeats and imports. I’d rather go to jail.

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7 responses to “100 Words, 100 Days: Day 50. On Television Licences.

  1. And what will you be watching in jail, darling?

    *#*

  2. Oz, The Green Mile, The Birdman of Alcatraz, stuff that that…

  3. It also funds RTE radio, TnaG, RTE Lyric FM and what is defined as “Non-RTE activities”.

    The BBC gets all the revenue generated by the UK licence, and draws that revenue from a population approximately 10 times that of the Republic.

    All told, our licence fee is quite well managed.

    The big question is – Does RTE really need to be running 2 TV channels and multiple national Radio channels?

    There was a case – in the days pre-satellite and when there was low-cable-uptake – for having diverse channels, but that day has passed and it ought to be re-examined.

  4. I suppose I’m more annoyed that I must pay the fee just before I head off on holiday.

  5. And on this side of the big water we complain about commercials. Sigh.
    Congratulations on reaching the half-way point in your 100 days project.
    Have you considered reenlisting once it’s done? This has been good for you and for your blog!

  6. I purposely do not own a TV any more, for I am against having to pay for the licence, but I must admit, I don’t know how the Americans manage with their television having adverts so often, it’s hard to keep track of anything you’re watching…
    Heard Page Eight was very good though…

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