Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Singapore abolishes TV, radio licences

The Singapore government has announced, as part of the nation's annual budget, that the radio and TV licence has been abolished effective 1 January, 2011.

The licences were first introduced in 1963. Premises with TV or radio sets, owners of vehicles with radios and dealers selling broadcast apparatus, paid for these licences. The fees collected were used to fund public service broadcast content. In 2009, Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) collected S$132.5 million ($103.4 million) in fees.

"From 2011, MDA will receive government funding for public service broadcasts. MDA will work closely with the industry to continuously improve the quality and reach of PSB content, including making them available on new platforms, in step with Singaporeans' changing media habits," MDA Chief Executive Officer, Aubeck Kam, said.

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