Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Why the need for TV Licence

Recently, I had been busy with house renovation, moving house and now eventually is unpacking my stuff.

There are a few things that one must do when moving to a new house in Singapore. The list includes:
1) Open account for PUB that consist of electricity, water and gas
2) Telephone line (I believe that more and more family will do without this very soon. In my case, we did not apply for a telephone line)
3) Apply for property tax, and
4) Apply for TV licence

I received my acknowledgment letter from MDA on my application for TV licence. The big heading at the back of the letter caught my eye, it says 'WHY THE NEED FOR TV LICENCE'.

This is what I see,


I was bewildered! It offers no valid explanation.

Below the comic strip reads, 'Under the Broadcasting Act (Cap.28), it is an offence to have a TV set at your home without a valid TV licence, Authorised licensing officers would be conducting checks on properties with no TV licence. A fine of S$200 shall be imposed if a TV set is found at your home during inspection'.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

They are explaining that u nd a license so that u will not be fine for $200.
Thats their reason for u to pay them $100. Typical Singapore government justification

Alan Wong said...

It bullshit when they try to explain that certain social programmes need funding for the public's general good.

But it turned up they are sponsoring programmes like the "The Little Nyonya" which they later commercialised into DVDs to be sold to the public or sold to foreign TV stations.

Yes, our S$110 is being used to produce TV programmes which is later sold to other countries for profit.

It seems that we are being fooled again by our Govt.

Anonymous said...

erm, the future of television is on the internet. Have you heard of the show "Sanctuary" which was the first to distribute it's episodes entirely on youtube?

So we may as well do WITHOUT a television set (sic).

archlever said...

Fact check: Sanctuary is the first TV show to use CGI for all sets. It airs on The Sci-Fi Channel, which funds its production.

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