Radio License Plus Blocking: Broadcasters See Cuts | Free press

Hamburg / Cologne (dpa) – After Saxony-Anhalt blocked a higher broadcast allowance in Germany, public broadcasters are looking at possible consequences in their home.

ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio also want to go to the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe to fight for the adjustment from 17.50 euros per month to 18.36 euros.

Gradually it becomes clear what it would mean if the added value of 86 cents calculated by an independent committee does not materialize. The Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) would miss an extra 35 million euros per year. This was announced by director Joachim Knuth of the German press agency. “In addition to the 300 million euros that we will have to cut back and cut back over the next four years anyway.” In May it was announced that the public broadcaster would tighten its austerity measures in the coming years. The NDR is one of the big houses among the ARD broadcasters.

Other broadcasters have also provided numbers. A selection: ZDF would miss around 150 million euros annually from January. The Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) broadcaster would generate a deficit of 60 million euros over the next four years. The smallest ARD broadcaster Radio Bremen would lose about 800,000 euros per month. At Südwestrundfunk (SWR) it will probably amount to 39 million euros per year – so the deficit would be the same as for NDR. And at Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) that would be about 15.6 million euros per year.

NDR director Knuth stressed in view of the legal action in Karlsruhe: “I consider what happened in Saxony-Anhalt as a calculated violation of the freedom of broadcasting, against free reporting. Due to an alleged dissatisfaction with our information, our content has been mixed with our funding. In my opinion that is not possible. “

The ARD broadcasters want to file the lawsuit with the Federal Constitutional Court this year. ARD chairman Tom Buhrow announced this on Wednesday in an interview with the DPA.

The ARD also assumes that cuts in the program will be necessary if the premium increase does not go ahead. “One thing is clear: with many reforms, austerity measures and austerity measures, we have broadly exhausted what can be done behind the scenes,” said Buhrow, referring to the austerity efforts of recent years in ARD houses. “We are now at a point: if the premium adjustment calculated by the responsible KEF committee does not come, you will see and hear that clearly in the program.”

On Tuesday, the black-red-green ruler of Saxony-Anhalt blocked the planned increase in radio license for all of Germany. The CDU strongly opposed an increase and could, in theory, have formed a majority in the state parliament with the AfD as the largest opposition party with many seats. Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) withdrew the bill a few days before the vote. Because all federal states without exception must agree to the corresponding state treaty, the adjustment cannot come from the blockade on January 1, 2021. Saxony-Anhalt was the only wobbly candidate among the federal states. The license fee is the main source of income for the public broadcasters. It would have been the first increase since 2009.

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