“No one is paying” – An Post wants government digout as RTÉ scandal to cost it €2 million in unpaid TV licences – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

“No one is paying” – An Post wants government digout as RTÉ scandal to cost it €2 million in unpaid TV licences




Following a decline in sales due to the RTÉ pay controversy, An Post has requested more than €500,000 from the government to make up for the losses it incurred in obtaining the TV licence last year, reports Independent.

It has informed Media Minister Catherine Martin in writing that it may lose over €2 million this year due to the fact that it is currently losing money on TV licence collection.

The government’s consideration of future funding arrangements for public service broadcasting is complicated by the appeal from An Post. Due to the drop in TV licence revenues, it has already had to save RTÉ, and now it must pay An Post as well, reports Independent.

An Post CEO David McRedmond reminds Ms. Martin in a letter dated April 16 that was obtained by the Irish Independent that she must reimburse the firm “an appropriate sum” for the job it does in managing the collection, inspection, and prosecution of TV licences.

An Post received over €8.4 million in commission last year on the sale of TV licences, or around €10 per licence. Prior to the RTÉ pay controversy that occurred last summer, An Post projected that the work would bring in €1 million by 2023. The An Post CEO informed the government, “However, this resulted in a shortfall of direct costs of €557,000 for 2023. “I would be grateful for your department’s proposal to ensure An Post’s costs are reimbursed,” reports Independent.

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