Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act 2011

69.

Amendment of section 123 of Act of 2009 (allocation of public funding).

69.— Section 123 of the Act of 2009 is amended—

( a) by substituting the following for subsection (1):

“(1) The Minister, with the approval of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, may pay to RTÉ and TG4 out of monies provided by the Oireachtas, in respect of each financial year beginning with the financial year commencing on 1 January 2011, an amount equal to the total of the receipts in that year in respect of television licence fees apportioned to RTÉ and TG4 as the Minister determines in accordance with subsection (1A) less—

( a) any expenses certified by the Minister as having been incurred by him or her in that year in relation to the collection of those fees, and

( b) any amount paid under section 156(2).”,

( b) by inserting the following after subsection (1):

“(1A) ( a) The Minister shall, after consultation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, determine the portion of the amount referred to in subsection (1) to be paid to RTÉ and TG4 respectively.

( b) When making a determination for the purposes of paragraph ( a), the Minister shall have regard to the ability of RTÉ and TG4 to fulfil their public service objects.”,

and

( c) by inserting the following after subsection (2):

“(2A) The amount paid to TG4 in each financial year under subsection (1), shall be used by TG4 solely for the purposes of—

( a) pursuing its public service objects, and

( b) paying amounts levied on TG4 under section 33.”.