Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) rejects renegotiations on the radio license fee. According to Kretschmann on Sunday, the amount of the contribution will be determined independently, expertly and non-state for constitutional reasons. Politically motivated renegotiations of the contribution amount are therefore out of the question.
“I have the greatest respect for parliaments and their elected representatives,” said Kretschmann. “But there are also constitutional principles and procedures that must be observed.” According to Kretschmann, public broadcasting makes a particular contribution to the formation of opinion and is of great importance for free democracy.
Further reforms are the task of politics
Especially in times when fake news and conspiracy narratives continue to spread, a well-functioning public service broadcaster that provides fact-based and reliable information is more important than ever, said the Green politician. There is also a constitutional right to adequate funding and the procedures provided for this. According to the spokesman, Kretschmann is open to further reforms of public broadcasting, which is the task of politics. The premium increase by 86 cents should be separated from this and now implemented.
The negotiations on the Interstate Broadcasting Agreement are specifically about a nationwide premium increase from 17.50 euros per month to 18.36 euros. On January 1, 2021, the state treaty including the premium for the public broadcasters will come into force, it would be an increase for the first time since 2009. If a country says no, the project falls flat across Germany. In Saxony-Anhalt there is disagreement about the contribution increase, the coalition in the state parliament threatens to burst in the dispute over it.