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Audiovisual Federation Endorses RTE’s call for License Fee Increase
22 Mar 2001 :
The Audiovisual Federation (AF) endorsed by a majority decision the RTE proposal to increase the TV licence fee to an average of £120 per annum which is still below the European average.

AF called on the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Síle de Valera T.D., to propose such an increase to her colleagues in Government and to see the process through to a successful conclusion.

John Cummins of Agtel, and Chairman of the Audiovisual Federation said that “A vibrant and properly-funded RTÉ is a crucial component in the economic development of the Irish audiovisual sector. It is clear that public service broadcasting requires and is deserving of public funding and an increase is essential at this critical juncture, given global and local developments.”

In endorsing an increased license fee, the Audiovisual Federation pointed out:

  • the increased license fee is the only mechanism to ensure that Irish originated content will continue to have a predominant place in the schedules of Public Service Broadcasters.
  • the need to ensure that RTE provides value for money, by the full implementation of the Transformation Agreement outlined in the licence fee application.
  • the necessity of complete accountability and transparency in the expenditure of licence fee revenues.

The Audiovisual Federation also welcomed RTE’s commitment to increase the proportion of home produced content in prime time on RTE 1 and Network Two from 40% to 50% amounting to an additional 400 hours per annum. AF pointed out that new Irish digital channels that are available to all and free at the point of reception would provide the wider public universal access to the information society.

AF views adequate licence fee funding as a key factor in enabling RTÉ to play its full role in the development of the indigenous audiovisual sector, both in-house and in the independent production sector throughout Ireland. Indigenous content guarantees that there is a domestic production industry with the associated craft skills. AF warned that a failure to support indigenous public service broadcasters alongside a vibrant commercial sector, would mean that production skills would be lost and would be difficult to regain.

AF represents the Irish Audiovisual industry to government, the EU, the media and all other interested national and international bodies. The sectors covered by the AF include the production of feature films, TV programmes, animation programmes, corporate and commercial films, multimedia games and programmes, broadcasters, distributors and other organisations involved in any aspect of the audio-visual sector.

For more information, please contact:
Tommy McCabe
Director, Audiovisual Federation
Confederation House, 84-86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Tel: 605 1533
Fax: 638 1533



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