Following public consultation, ATVOD has announced a new banded tariff structure for the year ending March 31. The tariff, approved by media regulator Ofcom, offers a three band standard tariff based on the turnover of the service provider, with rates set at £771, £4,990, and £9,980 for the first service, and a maximum of £771 (€923) per service for further services from the same provider. A concessionary rate of £96 applies to non-commercial service providers, while concessionary rates of £145 and £193 apply for commercial service providers with turnover below £50,000 and £100,000 respectively.
ATVOD has also announced a cap of £25,000 on the total fees paid by any single provider.
ATVOD chief executive Pete Johnson said: “The proposals we set out in the consultation took account of the work we had done in partnership with the industry through a joint working party and were endorsed by an overwhelming majority of respondents. We are very pleased to be able to cut fees across the board for 2012-13 and under the new tariff we expect that at least 50% of service providers will pay no more than £771 and the smallest providers will pay £193 or less. At the other end of the scale, companies operating large numbers of services will pay just £771 for each extra service and will not pay more than £25,000 however many services they provide.”