Sinn Féin oppose raising licence fee and privatised collection – Stanley
Speaking today before the Committee meeting on the future funding of the public service broadcasting, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Communications Brian Stanley TD said he was opposed completely to such measures as privatise collection of the TV licence and raising the licence fee.
The Laois TD said:
“Actions such as privatised collection or an increase in the licence fee, where hard pressed householders will be hit most severally, I will reject. There are other options open to deal with the 15% evasion rate which would remove any reason to increase the cost of the licence.
“In Britain, the BBC have privatised collection and it has resulted in reports of over £100,000 in compensation being paid out because of intimidation used against householders by private collectors.
“This is not the route we should be taking to decrease the evasion rate. Intimidation and aggressive behaviour at people’s homes as previously reported in Britain is a prime example of where a privatised model of TV licence collection could go.
“RTÉ need to look at alternatives to increase compliance. Sinn Féin has put forward workable proposals to improve collection of the licence fee. RTE further need to look at reducing some of its outgoing costs, such as the excessive wages some presenters are in receipt of currently.”