Posted by: euromediablog | May 4, 2009

Germany’s PSB €400m. short

Hard times for Germany’s public service broadcasters ahead: According to the latest reports of GEZ (the licence fee agency) the  public broadcasting corporations will have to cope with a fee shortage of about €400m. for the next years till 2012. This is the result of the decreasing number of potential licence-fee payers, because of  increasing unemployment in the country. According to Germany’s law indigent citizens are free from licence-fee obligations until their social status improves. In this way the economic crisis exerts a direct impact not only on the commercial broadcasters but also on the public ones.

HR, the public broadcaster in Hessen, is already planning cost-cutting measures, as it did not renew expiring contracts of 25 employees. Further measures Germany-wide are to be expected.

For further information: dwdl.de

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