From the point of view of the ZDF-heads of an increase in the broadcasting contribution is inevitable. “Whether it will, in the future, an Index model, is a decision for the country,” said Thomas Bellut in an Interview with the German press Agency with a view on the proposal for a periodic inflation adjustment. “We are open and ready to talk.” However, Bellut also made clear: “Without a contribution adjustment, the level of quality is not.”

Currently, 17,50 Euro per household and month will be due. The actual contribution is in the opinion of the Director mathematically higher: “Because we are allowed to use currently, the reserve, which was created after the changeover to the broadcast fee, the fee is according to our calculation, real already 18,35 Euro,” said Bellut. “So this is the real basis of value. Anything less would be a clear cut which could be due to large savings in the program provided.”

The licence fee is set until 2020. Several countries are trying to link it to the development of the inflation rate, instead of to advise, as before, every four years about it and decide. Among other things, of the Hamburg culture Senator Carsten Brosda for the so-called index had made a model. The success of the brand would be to Brosdas calculation is significantly below the Bellut asserted 18,35 Euro.

the index model Come from?

However, the Minister presidents of the Länder with their decision, in which the Form of the licence fee in the future be levied, nor the time. A Meeting at the beginning of December to the topic, was without result.

Therefore, the old model – and the associated announcement of the rituals of attacks until Further notice. In the spring of the transmitter to the Commission to determine the financial needs of broadcasters (KEF), how much money you will need from your point of view for the new financial period from 2021 to 2024. Belluts Statements are also part of the game, politics and the Commission in the mood for the upcoming demands.

Already the penultimate week of the WDR had made claims for an increase in the broadcasting contribution. Andreas Meyer-Lauber, Chairman of the WDR broadcasting Council, said: “A further Freezing of the broadcasting contribution after 2020 would endanger the performance of the WDR as well as ARD seriously.”


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