18 Feb '11, 10am
Cheers for scrapping of Radio and TV Licence
'The licence fees are losing their relevance,' said Mr Tharman. 'Compared to when the fees were introduced in the 60s, TV ownership today is no longer limited to the middle and higher-income groups. Today, most households - including 99 per cent of lower-income households - own TVs,' said Mr Tharman. And with new devices like the Internet and smartphones, it has also become possible to watch TV programmes in ways which are not taxed, he said. Under the radio and TV licence scheme, all residences with working TV sets have had to pay an annual fee of $110 per household, even if the sets not used to watch TV programmes, say, for playing console games and watching DVDs or only cable programmes.