Tuesday, July 3, 2012

France May Extend TV Licence Fee to Computer Screens

Reuters. "France May Extend TV Licence Fee to Computer Screens." The Guardian, July 1, 2012.

From the article: "The French government is considering extending the television licence fee to include computer screen owners to boost revenues for public-sector broadcasting operations, the culture minister said on Saturday.

President François Hollande's Socialist government aims to raise an extra €7.5bn (£6bn) this year through tax rises included in an amended budget bill to be unveiled next week.

… The licence fee – €125 in mainland France and €80 in its overseas territories – is used to finance public television and radio.

According to a Global TV survey in March, more than 11 million French people watch television programmes on computer screens, tablets or smart phones, a rise of 41% on 2011." Read more