Broadcast charge not an extra tax, insists Rabbitte

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has said a new broadcasting charge, if introduced, would not be an additional tax.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Pat Rabbitte said almost every household, with few exemptions, would be liable for the new charge.

He said many people were now accessing public service content through other than traditional means and it had to be paid for.

The method of collection has not yet been decided on.

The Minister said the charge was not an additional tax, and the fee could be less than the current TV licence.

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