Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Junge Freiheit:
Broadcasting Commission: GEZ [broadcasting license fee] contribution could increase due to inflation
The Commission for Determining the Financial Needs of Broadcasters (KEF) has not ruled out a further increase in the contributions for ARD and ZDF [state broadcasters]. “The amount of the license fee is primarily determined by the mandate. If you extrapolate the cost development in view of the current inflation rate, it is no surprise that the contributions could rise nominally,” said KEF boss Martin Detzel of the FAZ. This is true even when considering the potential for savings.
According to the economist, broadcasting fees have been below inflation rates in recent years. In addition, digitization sometimes causes higher costs. “And of course the employees are also entitled to appropriate remuneration,” he said.
The GEZ contribution is currently €18.36 (per month). During the
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