Bosnia eyes new station

January 14, 2013 08.51 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

Bosnia & Herzegovina (B&H) may soon see the launch of a new Croatian language public broadcaster.

However, the move could prove controversial, with some expressing fears it may lead to the formation of a third entity making up the country.

Balkan Insight reports that the Bosnian Council of Ministers has approved changes to the law on public broadcasters that could pave the way for a new station the country’s prime minister Vjekoslav Bevanda, an ethnic Croat, envisages obtaining 20% of its revenues from receiver licence fees and 20% from advertising.

However, the proposed station is opposed by – amongst others – the Communications Ministry, several Bosniak political parties and the Association of Journalists of B&H.

B&H is currently served by the public broadcasters BHRT, RTVFBiH and RTRS.