President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the TRT share and energy fund cut from electricity bills will be removed at the beginning of the week. The eyes were turned to TRT, which provides a significant part of its income with the money collected from the citizens.
CHP Zonguldak Deputy Deniz Yavuzyılmaz asked at the GNAT Committee last July how much income TRT earned from announcements, advertisements, sponsorships and program revenues, as well as from energy share and banderols, from 2010 to 2020.
Yavuzyılmaz also requested that the figures in question be shared on a dollar basis, using the relevant mid-year exchange rate, apart from the Turkish Lira.
11-YEAR BALANCE SHEET IS RELEASED
According to Sözcü, the data shared by TRT led to the emergence of the total number collected from the citizens.
Accordingly, in the 11-year period between 2010 and 2020, a total of 8 billion 923 million 767 thousand liras were collected from the citizens with the 2.26 percent deduction made from electricity bills. In the same period, banderole revenues from many devices, from television to radio, from mobile phones to smart watches, were 11 billion 888 million 905 thousand liras. Thus, the 11-year bill totaled 20 billion 812 million 673 thousand liras.
According to the tables shared over the dollar rate in the answer given by TRT, between 2010 and 2020, 3 billion 179 million 290 thousand dollars were collected from the electricity bills of the citizens, and 3 billion 506 million 39 thousand liras were collected under the name of banderole income from the devices they purchased. The total amount collected in the said 11-year period was 6 billion 685 million 329 thousand dollars.
FROM TELEVISION, SMART WATCH BANDROL FEE
According to the TRT Revenues Law No. 3093, the banderole fees collected from radio, television, video and combined devices and any devices that can receive visual and/or audio broadcasts are transferred to TRT.
From television to radio, from mobile phones to home theater systems, from smart watches to computers and tablets, a banderol fee ranging from 16 percent to 0.01 percent is charged.
This rate is 16 percent in television, video cameras and radios, 10 percent in mobile phones, 8 percent in smart wrist watches, and 2 percent in computers and tablets.
ELECTRICITY SHARE WILL BE AVOIDED NEXT YEAR
TRT’s share of 2 percent was deducted from the electricity bills of the citizens. Although this share is 2 percent, it is reflected on the invoice as 2.36 percent of the energy cost, since it is subject to 18 percent VAT. TRT share is not taken from industrial users.
TRT contribution fee has been received since 1984 as a result of the Turkish Radio-Television Corporation Revenues Law No. 3093. With the law enacted in 2008, this share was calculated over the electricity price and transferred to TRT.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in his statement after the Cabinet Meeting last Monday, announced that the TRT share in electricity bills and the energy fund cut will be removed.
TRT’s cut on electricity bills has been the subject of criticism for a long time. Due to the large increases in energy prices, such additional costs began to strain consumers. Income from electricity revenues constitutes a significant share of TRT’s total revenue.
Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by www.cumhuriyet.com.tr.
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