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Abolishing TV Licenses

There are only four countries in Asia that require television licenses ― South Korea, Israel, Pakistan and Japan. In South Korea, people are charged 2,500 won every month by the Korea Electric Power Corporation for them to be able to watch shows from Korean Broadcasting System and Educational Broadcasting System.

Since the license fee is different from the monthly subscription charges for cable TV, some say that Koreans and people from other countries that require TV licenses pay too much just to use their TVs. They are calling for the abolishment of TV licenses.

Those who agree to the abolishment say that funding of public TV channels should come from product advertisements and not from the people. Just like private TV channels, commercials and other forms of promotion through the media should be the means of getting income.

Supporters also say that public TV channels are supposed to be under the government so their services should be covered by taxpayers’ money. Just like healthcare, education and road restoration, the government should also allot money for public TV channels as they bring pertinent information and entertainment to people.

Lastly, TV licenses do not coincide with advancements in technology. There are now satellites and digital devices that allow people to watch any show whenever and wherever they want. Charging people monthly fees just so they can watch TV shows from public channels is no longer necessary in the 21st century.

Those who disagree say that TV licenses only ask for minimal amounts and the money collected goes to the improvement of public TV channels. The license fee is collected for the purpose of funding public broadcasting, and only uses funding from radio and television advertisements as supplements.

They also say that TV licenses are not mandatory. Those who do not own TVs or do not wish to be part of the services provided by public TV channels can just inform the collecting company and they won’t be charge of monthly fees.

Opponents of the abolishment believe that if TV licenses will be stopped, the quality of shows produced by public TV channels will degrade. It is hard enough for these public channels to compete with bigger broadcasting companies and taking TV licenses away will only make matters worse.

Watching TV is one of the common pastime activities done by people. Being able to comfortably watch TV and being offered good quality shows are important for many so the abolishment of the TV license must be taken into careful consideration

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Debate : Abolishing TV Licenses Some people are calling for the abolishment of TV licenses. 


They believe that people are paying too much just to enjoy watching TV shows while others think the fees are necessary in maintaining good quality programs. What is your stance? Do you support the abolishment of TV licenses? 

Desirable

1. Funding of public channels should come from commercials and advertisements. 

2. A portion of people’s taxes should be used to fund public channels. 

3. TV licenses do not coincide with the advancements of the 21st century.

Undesirable

1. TV license fees are used for the improvement of public TV channels.

2. TV licenses are not mandatory.

3. The quality of programs shown by public channels may degrade without the TV licenses.

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allot 할당하다, 배당하다


pertinent 적절한

coincide 동시에 일어나다

satellite 위성

supplement 보충

degrade 저하시키다

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