iTax - Broadcasting charge 'whether you have a TV or not'


#561

One? No, no. You’ll need to rent a decoding box for every device that you want to receive the signal on. I count eight in my house. :slight_smile:


#562

Really? I’ve looked a couple of times and I can’t find any device I want to receive the signal on :angry:


#563

Doesn’t matter. The first decoding box is mandatory. You’ll buy it at the Post Office and there’ll be paid inspectors to make sure you have one. :smiling_imp:


#564

Because that’s been a such a great success in the past. Decoders would only cost RTE more as their core audience already get a tax exemption and even they are tuning in to ETWN.


#565

Or An Post installs an explosive device in every house, and you need the TV licence each year to stop it exploding and killing everyone in your family.


#566

The simplest option it to have a decoder that you enter a number that’s printed on the license using the remote control, or online if it’s a smart TV.
All modern TV’s over a certain screen size has a C1 slot that can take the card decoder on existing sets and new ones would have them built in.
The TV would probably need to have a call home function to stop fraudsters copying the license to friends & neighbours.
Personally, I would prefer if the “fee” was simply paid out of general taxation as it must be hugely expensive to collect & police, relative to just paying RTE out of general taxation.


#567

Still not as bad a fate as sitting through some of the stuff they broadcast.


#568

RTE doing some very good public service broadasting this week…Big Week on the Farm
rte.ie/tv/programmes/bigweekonthefarm.html

A calve was just born live on air. My kids loved this last year and are even more into it this year.
Quality TV


#569

Top 10 RTE presenter salaries in 2015:

rte.ie/news/2017/0801/894491-rte-salaries/

independent.ie/entertainment … 89583.html

  1. Darragh Moloney €188,803 (not in 2014 figures)

  2. Bryan Dobson - €195,913 (€195,816 in 2014)

  3. Nicky Byrne €200,583 (not in 2014 figures)

  4. Claire Byrne €201,500 (not in 2014 figures)

  5. Sean O’Rourke - €290,113 (€290,096 in 2014)

  6. Marian Finucane - €295,000 (€295,000 in 2014)

  7. Miriam O’Callaghan - €299,000 (€280,445 in 2014)

  8. Joe Duffy - €389,988 (€416,893 in 2014)

  9. Ray D’Arcy €400,000 (not in 2014 figures)

  10. Ryan Tubridy €495,000 (€495,000 in 2014)


#570

How Ray D’Arcy is gets paid anything is beyond me. As for Joe Fucking Duffy? He knows his role and he plays it well.

Marian Finucan? How many hours a week does she actually work?? Miriam O’Callaghan? 300k for nothing. Bryan Dobson? 200k for reading the news? Jesus Christ!


#571

Why not publish 2016 salaries ?
Are RTE genuinely in fear of theur ‘talent’ being poached ?


#572

In fairness to RTE, they have been cutting salaries (just not quickly enough).
As far as I can tell, only Pat Kenny has left. Sean O’Rourke took over his show afterwards and the numbers actually went up.

Paying a newsreader €180k is unbelievable. Even the BBC only pay that and they are at least ten times the size of RTE.


#573

Who is Darragh Maloney?


#574

soccer/gaa commentator, took over from bill o’herlihy to front the top ticket sporting events


#575

Who is Ryan Tubridy?


#576

He’s a very limited broadcaster who has been hanging around RTE since childhood. Did you know he once reviewed a toy on the toy show…and now he’s presenting it. Isn’t that just a marvellous story !

It’s a programme that no one I know admits to watching and should have been cancelled 20 years ago. But RTE insist on keeping it alive allegedly for the advertising revenue it generates. If it was a character in Game of Thrones it would be part of the army of the undead.


#577

I’ve heard of all except the first three, but don’t listen to any of their programmes, except accidentally.
Can’t speak for TV presenters, as I don’t have one.


#578

I think Miriam’s salary annoys me most from that list

I don’t know anyone who thinks she’s anything but awful


#579

Marian Finucane’s is even more annoying. What does she actually do? Her Wikipedia page says she earned €492k in 2011 for four hours work per week, which is €2.5k per hour! I wouldn’t pay her €2.5k per year. The best quote from the Wikipedia page is: “In 2014, novelist Marian Keyes, who had been on Finucane’s RTÉ 1 show to talk about her new book, told her Twitter followers that Marian Finucane had the ‘compassion and empathy of a cardboard box. Even my mammy called her a bad word’”.


#580

In fairness to Miriam O’C and Sean O’Rourke, they are highly disciplined on air, reflecting a lot of serious preparation.

I haven’t listened to Marian in many years. She always seemed to have just wandered into the studio and started saying whatever half-formed opinion had just entered her head. Guests were inevitably self-serving vested interests who were articulate but had nothing of interest to say.