German TV licence fee not to rise for first time

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 07-10-2011

The independent commission which determines the licence fee for reception of Germany's public broadcasters, KEF, has proposed to keep the current monthly fee at the level of €17.98 beyond 2012.
In the draft of its current report, KEF acknowledges that ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio require additional funding from 2013. But, on the other hand, the commission says that a reliable prognosis for the licence fee income after the transition to the new household model wasn't possible, therefore recommending to keep the current level.

The monthly licence fee would then remain unchanged for at least 6 years. It would be the first time in the history of the German licence fee that there's no augmentation after the current period has expired.
ARD welcomed the proposal, arguing that stability was an important factor for acceptance of the new household model.
KEF wants to discuss its report at the end of October 2011 with the federal states and the broadcasters and publish it in January 2012. In order for the new fee stipulation to come into force, the parliaments of all 16 German federal states have to give the green light.
As part of the new fee collection system, which will be implemented on 1 January 2013, each German household will have to pay the full amount of the licence fee - independently of the presence, kind and number of reception devices. The change became necessary as the distribution and reception methods for broadcast media have multiplied in the digital world.