Slovak public broadcaster building

Slovakia: Licence fee faces possible abolition

Slovak public broadcaster RTVS’s licence fee structure faces axing, with plans to suspend the funding model from July 2023 up in the air.

Leinster House, seat of Irish government

Ireland: RTÉ promised funding reform

The government has promised to reform RTÉ’s "broken" funding model by September 2024 but has previously rejected funding through taxation.

SABC

SABC licence fee to be scrapped

The South African government is moving ahead with plans to scrap the TV licence fee which funds SABC and replace it with a household levy.

BBC News mobile app interface

Going all digital? BBC, France Télévisions consider online-only futures

The BBC is eyeing an online-only future that will see the end of its traditional radio and television broadcasts over the next decade.

SABC satellite

Calls to “expedite” SABC board appointments following delays

The new board of South Africa’s public broadcaster has still not been appointed, while financial woes persist.

Image of the French housing tax

VAT funding for French public media approved

The National Assembly approved the first reading of the bill which would end the licence fee and instead fund it through VAT.

TV Licence envelope against an image of the BBC headquarters.

BBC funding: household levy put forward

The UK’s House of Lords has suggested replacing the licence fee with a household levy which would not be dependent on owning a television.

RTÉ

Ireland to maintain and reform licence fee system

Ireland’s long-awaited Future of Media Commission report sets out recommendations to sustain and transform the future of media sector, and how public broadcaster RTÉ should be funded.

BBC

New study reveals how audiences undervalue the BBC

A new report provides evidence of how British audiences underestimate the value they get from the UK’s largest public service media organisation and the licence fee.

RTÉ

Ireland: RTÉ pushing for changes to funding

RTÉ's Director-General says the current licence fee funding model is “utterly broken” and needs to be changed urgently.