Recent reports from the Dáil suggest that the TV License fee will be abolished in the coming weeks, replaced by a new broadcasting media charge.

While the final rate has yet to be determined, the new charge is expected to be lower than the current €160 annual fee, with Ministers largely agreeing that Revenue will handle its collection. This measure is anticipated to significantly improve compliance rates and generate substantial revenue for the state.

Unlike the license fee, funds from the media charge will be distributed across the entire sector rather than going directly to the national broadcaster.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, has expressed a preference to eliminate the TV license and fund RTÉ directly from the exchequer, but this position has not been popular in the Dáil.

A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks before the Dail breaks for the summer break.