Journal Article

Irish Public Service Broadcasting: A Contingent Valuation Analysis

December 1, 2004

The Economic and Social Review, Vol. 35 No. 3, Winter

Irish public service broadcasting faces enhanced domestic and international competition and increasingly the Irish public service broadcaster (RT) is being called upon to justify the scale of the television licence fee, its major source of funding. This paper describes the first nationwide valuation of RTs services. In analysing the determinants of respondents willingness to pay for RTs services, the importance of domestic and international competing services and the relationships between willingness to pay for, usage of, and satisfaction with, RTs services are analysed. In addition, this paper highlights the importance of distinguishing between household, and individual, willingness to pay.