A Limerick A Day


90372638RTÉ’s Ryan Tubridy and Miriam O’Callaghan

If you like to sit down and see,
Fine programming on your TV,
Remember the stars,
All deserve nicer cars,
And go pay off your license fee.

John Moynes

(Photocall Ireland)

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8 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Bingo

    I’m a licence payer (only cos I was nabbed a few years ago).
    I’m happy to pay it when I consider all the great sport RTE shows (GAA, soccer internationals, Champions League, 6 Nations, etc…).
    I’m not happy when I consider the state spin & the crazy salaries afford to, well, you can name them yerselves…
    This latest twist is very dodgy.
    Is our data safe with any company on this island?

    1. Odis

      Sky and the like (not that I use them) seem to make a big deal of the fact that your “data” is safe with them. Whilst I’ve no idea what the policies of the various telly companies are. I can’t see them wanting to hand over commercially sensitive information, if only from a Public Relations perspective.

    2. Adama

      Doesn’t seem to be if the Government add/amend legislation to suit their purposes! The spin on this issue is interesting though. Government under Pat Rab wanted to introduce a Broadcasting charge, effectively a tax on the Internet. Public reaction to the water charges convinced them to defer implementing it until after the election. That doesn’t solve RTE’s funding problem though. So best alternative? Trawl the customer databases and pursue the non-paying. Spin it like a clamp-down. Problem temporarily patched until after the election.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        That broadcasting charge was just a widening of the technologies the licence fee covers… to include the web and all devices capable of receiving and making broadcasts… incl. gadgets like smartphones.

        It’s already in place, I thought…..

        1. Adama

          If it is I stand corrected. But I thought the renaming of the charge was to illustrate the widening of devices they could tax. The push for a trawl was to maximise revenue based on tv ownership, not connected devices.

          1. Clampers Outside!

            I don’t think it was to maximise revenue, as I understood it, it was to cover people who don’t bother with TVs and do all their radio listening and “TV” viewing on laptops, tablets and smartphones as the opinion was of many that, ‘I don’t have a TV, so I don’t need a licence’ yet they were consuming media and entertainment through other devices.

            I’m a TV licence payer, I don’t think it’s an extortionate price to pay, but my issue would be with salaries in RTE and the like.

          2. martomcg

            Its to try hit people who no longer use TV’s to consume media.

            It seems the governments attitude is that if you have the internet and a medium to consume any form of media then you MUST be consuming RTE media and therefore have to pay the charge.

            I think its a joke. I haven’t watched RTE in years and am expected to cough up €160 because I watch netflicks on my phone? Good laugh.

            The charge should be scrapped or RTE made subscription only and see how long the channel(s) last.

  2. Bingo

    I always feel that I’m paying RTE twice.
    UPC charge me VAT, which they pass on to the government.

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