Ministers could be reported to police over TV fee

Sweden's television licensing authority will decide on Thursday whether to report three government ministers to the police for not paying their television licence fees.

Lars Lindberg, CEO of Radiotjänst i Kiruna AB, which is charged with collecting the fee, told news agency TT that he would be discussing the issue with lawyers and advisers on Thursday afternoon.

Radiotjänst does not usually report individuals to the police for non-payment, but the company is under pressure from unions and opposition politicians, among others, to report the minister in question.

“There are many people who think that they should be punished,” said Lindberg.

Radiotjänst received several hundred new applications to pay the licence fee following the publicity surrounding culture minister Cecilia Stegö Chilò’s non-payment. It also emerged that trade minister Maria Borelius and migration minister Tobias Billström had not paid.

“When information films about the licence fee are shown on television, we usually receive between 30 and 50 new applications. The attention over the ministers and the licence fee brought us several hundred yesterday,” said Lindberg.