Canal+ and Jazztel Spain ordered to pay telco tax

Iñaki Ferreras ©RapidTVNews | 12-12-2011

The Spanish Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) has rejected the demands of Distribuidora de Televisión Digital (DTS), the Spanish owner of Canal+, and the telco Jazztel to postpone the so called telco tax.
The new canon establishes a protocol that says broadcasters and pay-TV operators pay a percentage of its earnings to public broadcaster Corporación RTVE to compensate for the lack of commercial advertising on its two channels.
DTS had asked the CMT to postpone two payments of €2.8 million by alleging that 'a precise and economic-financial situation' prevented it from paying this canon in these periods. Jazztel had also asked the CMT to postpone the €2.2 million payment to RTVE and the CMT.