That was what Ms. Pam Hu from MDA claimed in the Straits Times forum today.
A comment from one of the user online, highlighted an interesting point that is, only 5 countries (including Singapore) in Asia charges TV license. And Singapore being the richest country in ASEAN is the only one that charges TV license.
May I add on to the comments...
It might be the lowest but it is not justifiable. The channels we are exposed to is just too little!
The other 4 countries that charges TV license are; Israel, Japan, Korea and Pakistan.
The television licence for 2006 is about €70/ year. The licence fee is the primary source of revenue for the Israel Broadcasting Authority, the state broadcaster; however, its radio stations carry full advertising and its TV programmes sometime receive "sponsorship" from commercial entities to supplement this income.
Licence fee for terrestrial television broadcasts is about €110/ year. However, the quality of the program is so much better and having just came back from Japan, they had channels such as 'National Geographic', 'Animal Planet', 'Cartoon Network', 'Discovery Channel', 'Star Movies' and 'CNN'. For us to watch channels as such, we need to pay an additional amount on top of the license.
Television licence fee is about £15 or €25/ year. It has stood at this level since 1981.
Television licence is around €3.86/ year. Part of it goes to KESC.
Other Asia countries that don't charge TV license are; Malaysia, Australia, India, Brunei, Thailand and Indonesia. The last time when I was in Jakarta, I can view up to at least 12 channels!
For years, my mum has been asking me what are we paying for with the $110?