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And to think that I thought the British TV licensing system was iniquitous

Looks like we have got nothing on the Finns:

"Financing of YLE [BBC equivalent] operations would come from a new “media fee”, which would replace the licence fee that owners of television sets are required to pay. The new fee would be introduced in 2011, and would be paid by all households. Also liable for the fee would be companies with an annual turnover of more than EUR 400,000.

The proposed fee would differ from the television fee in that all households would be required to pay it regardless of whether or not they own a television, radio, or computer. About 97 per cent of Finns use at least some YLE services on a weekly basis. Plans are for the fee to be EUR 175 (£158)".

Don't be surprised if the BBC's last grab at the brass ring is something along those lines.


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Blogger Letters From A Tory said... 8:54 am

I'm sure Labour will support the BBC as much as possible financially over the coming year, in order to give them plenty of scope to complain when the Conservatives cut back on the license fee.  



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