France abolishes broadcasting fees – so it goes on

France does in fact abolish the license fee. But what about public broadcasting now? The answer is simple.

The French National Assembly has voted to abolish broadcasting fees, as reported by the editorial network Germany, among others. President Emmanuel Macron prevailed and kept one of his campaign promises. Employees of the French public broadcaster took to the streets to prevent the abolition after all: strikes against the abolition of the license fee in France.

The French have always paid 138 euros in the autumn of each year. In 2021, the public broadcasters received 3.2 billion euros. However, since public service broadcasting in France naturally continues to exist, the question arises as to how its financing will be secured in the future. The simple answer: through taxes. So the French will continue to pay for their public service broadcasting, just no longer through a direct fee, but indirectly through their tax payments.

Among other things, part of the value-added tax is to be used for the maintenance of public broadcasting. According to the FAZ, 3.7 million of the VAT revenue should be used to finance broadcasting.

Incidentally, the Senate, the second parliamentary chamber in France, still has to agree to the abolition of broadcasting fees.

Different situation in Germany

In Germany, the license fee for financing public broadcasting is quite controversial and there are proposals to reform public broadcasting and criticism of the use of funds. However, unlike in France, an abolition of the broadcasting fee is not up for discussion in Germany.

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