Media News - Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Sweden's plan to replace licence fees with an income-based tax to fund public broadcasters has been put on ice, according to the ministry of culture, which says that a more thorough analysis into the scheme needs to be carried out. The government-appointed public service committee has been working for about a year on a large number of questions regarding the operation of national public broadcasters Sveriges Radio, Sveriges Television and Sveriges Utbildningsradio. In September, the committee presented their findings with some new suggestions ahead of the next licensing period starting on January 1st 2014. Among their suggestions was a new fee system whereby an income based TV tax should be paid by everyone over 18 years of age. But the ministry announced on Monday that when the proposals were sent out for comment, the suggestion for a new TV tax was not among them. The proposal needs a closer look, according to the ministry, which does not rule out that an income-based TV tax could become a reality in the future. (The Local)
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