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GEZ: Experts recommend increasing the broadcasting fee

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GEZ: Experts recommend increasing the broadcasting fee

The broadcasting fee could be increased in 2025. Karolina Grabowska/Pexels

Expert commission recommends that federal states increase the broadcasting fee to 18.94 euros from 2025. The final decision lies with the countries, which, however, have different positions. Some prime ministers reject an increase, citing a lack of support among the population and calling for broadcasters to operate more efficiently.

The broadcasting fee is to be increased from 2025. This is what the Commission for determining the financial needs of broadcasters (KEF) recommends. According to the financial experts’ calculations, the broadcasting fee will rise from 18.36 euros per month to 18.94 euros from 2025. The commission handed over its report to the federal states on Friday.

However, the final decision on the amount of the contribution rests with the countries, which must closely adhere to the KEF’s recommendation. However, it is unclear when exactly a decision will be made. There is a risk of conflict because the countries have to decide unanimously on the amount, but have different positions. Some prime ministers made it clear months ago that they would not agree to an increase. This could ultimately even end up before the Federal Constitutional Court.

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Some countries reject an increase in the broadcasting fee

The broadcasting fee that households and companies pay mainly finances public broadcasting with ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio. Total income in 2022 amounted to around 8.57 billion euros.

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The federal states commission public broadcasting through a state treaty and thus determine what services it should provide to the population or what programs it should offer. The financial resources of the broadcasters must be appropriate. The KEF regularly checks the financial plans of ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio and ensures thrift. This system is also intended to guarantee the constitutionally protected freedom of broadcasting.

Some prime ministers have already made it clear during the KEF’s calculations that they will not agree to an increase in the broadcasting fee. They argue that there is not enough support for this among the population and that the ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio stations need to operate more efficiently. They also point to the crisis at the ARD broadcaster RBB due to allegations of nepotism, which affected trust.

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However, there are also other countries that would agree to an increase if in doubt. Some voices in the debate warned against exploiting the issue of broadcasting fees as an election campaign issue or treating it in a populist manner.

AA/dpa

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