Turkish TV watchdog to collect TL 28 mln in frequency usage fees

For 17 years RTÜK had not collected frequency usage fees.

Turkish TV watchdog to collect TL 28 mln in frequency usage fees

Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) will collect a total of TL 28 million in frequency usage fees from analog terrestrial radio and television stations by the end of this year. The payments mark a first since the council was established in 1994.

For 17 years RTÜK had not collected frequency usage fees. A bill concerning RTÜK that passed on March 3, 2011, paved the way for the council to charge analog terrestrial radio and television stations for the first time this year. They paid TL 14 million as the first part of their payment in July. The second and last payment will be due in October.

RTÜK President Davut Dursun said almost all broadcasting institutions have regularly made their payments with the exceptions of a few local media institutions.

Recalling that the law and frequency usage fees mark a first, Dursun noted RTÜK had always received its share from the advertisement revenues of broadcasting institutions.

"This is the first time broadcasting institutions have been charged a frequency usage fee. Almost all of them paid it. I thank them for their responsible behavior," he said.

Dursun noted that the amounts paid by the broadcasting institutions will be transferred to the state Treasury within three months as part of Law No. 5018. He added that the institutions which have not made the payments will be warned as they might face closure under Law No. 6112.

Cihan news agency

Last Mod: 08 Ağustos 2011, 18:00
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