The case of the TV license charge on smartphones and computer systems has been talked about for a number of years now. Even when no point out of this measure was made within the 2021 finance invoice, the Minister of Tradition Roselyne Bachelot stated to consider it.
In latest days, the finance invoice for 2021 has been introduced to the federal government. Some measures are already controversial, akin to the rise within the ceiling of the car penalty to 40,000 € subsequent yr. Or the marked lower within the ecological bonus from 2021.
Aside from these measures devoted to the automotive business, the legislation additionally mentions the case of the TV license. There’s excellent news and dangerous information. Let’s begin with the proper one, the quantity of this tax won’t enhance in 2021. French individuals in possession of a TV will nonetheless must pay a tax of € 138 in mainland France and € 88 within the French abroad departments and territories.
As for the dangerous, it’s moderately a query: why the TV license is it topical? In 2018, the then Minister of Tradition Frank Riester stated that the TV license would disappear inside three years. In response to the most recent roadmap set by the federal government, its quantity should additionally drop by a 3rd, earlier than a complete elimination deliberate for 2023.
The French have a mean of 5.5 screens per family
In different phrases, all the things factors to the upcoming or close to demise of the TV license. Nevertheless, the query of a potential growth of its scope to incorporate smartphones and computer systems stays related. The truth is, increasingly more French persons are watching tv on their smartphone or on their pc. In response to statistics from the CSA relayed by Le Parisien in 2019, the French have a mean of 5.5 screens (1.5 TV, 1.5 pc, 1.5 smartphone, 0.6 pill and 0.four cell phone).
So many screens that don’t deliver cash to the federal government and whose taxation may considerably enhance the financing of the general public service, that’s to say France Télévisions, Radio France, Arte, France 24, RFI, Monte Carlo, TV5 Monde and INA. On this level, the Minister of Tradition Roselyne Bachelot maintains the established order: “We’re in a technique of reflection on this topic ”, she declared within the columns of the Charente Libre newspaper.
No clear reply on the topic subsequently from the minister, who doesn’t appear able to take a place on the query like all her predecessors. As a reminder, the finance invoice for 2021 gives for an envelope of 70 million euros to public broadcasting, to offset the drop in promoting income within the sector.
Supply: Charente Libre