18 Sep 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 19 Mar 2018 n° 24/2018 Denmark

Government Plans to Strongly Reduce Funding for Public Service Media

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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The Danish government has agreed on a new media agreement that is expected to come into effect on January 1, 2019. The new measures include a cut in public media service’s budget of 20%. It will also scrap the licence fee for public broadcasting in order to replace it by a line on the State budget. The measures were taken by the VLAK government with the support of the Dansk Folkeparti party. Several professional organisations, including the Danish Union of Journalists (Dansk Journalistforbund) called on Danish Government to ensure appropriate funding for the public broadcaster in line with European standards, as provided for in Council of Europe Recommendation 1878 (2009) on Funding of public service broadcasting and in European Broadcasting Union's principles for stable, accountable, fair and independent funding.
Updates
18 Sep 2018
Danish public broadcaster DR announced on 18 September 2018 that the company will fire between 375 and 400 people and will close down 3 TV channels and 3 radio stations.
29 Jun 2018
On 29 June 2018, the new media policy agreement for 2019-2023 was set, providing for: 20% cuts in DR funding; replacement of the licence fee by tax funding; reduction from six to four DR TV channels; DR focus on news, information, culture, education, and content for children and young people; new public service TV and radio channels dedicated to culture and information, funded by grants and advertising, and located outside Copenhagen; increased support for digital and local and regional news media; increased funding for public service production outside DR.
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