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Source: DGB – BundesvorstandPM 070 – 25.11.2020Decision in the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt on future broadcasting feesSignal for strong public broadcasting necessaryDGB chairman Reiner Hoffmann and ver.di chairman Frank Werneke have called on the parliamentary groups in Saxony-Anhalt together to send a strong and clear signal for public service broadcasting. The CDU in the state parliament had previously stated that it did not want to agree to the first 86 cents increase in broadcasting fees in eleven years. In a letter to the MPs, the trade unionists wrote that the broadcasting freedom protected program autonomy and development opportunities of the broadcasters must not be undermined a critical discussion on the need for reform. The upcoming decision for the future of public broadcasting also applies to the statutory mandate of the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt and in accordance with the constitutional law on broadcasting financing. The DGB and ver.di expect that the state parliament members “the high recognition values for Keeping a responsible eye on the various offers of public broadcasting in the course of the discussion and decision to increase the broadcasting fee in your group ”. It is known that other parties adopt an unconstitutional approach and, for reasons that are hostile to broadcasting, agitate against a media institution that stands for cohesion and diversity and is a pillar of our democracy. This is evidenced by the high number of requests for information and news offers from ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio. According to the latest surveys, the vast majority of the population has a high level of trust in the public broadcasters, which is clear evidence of this: “We expect all democratic parties to give clear support to public broadcasters. We appeal to you to hold the discussion in your group again from this point of view and to decide in favor of public service broadcasting in order to send a strong, unambiguous signal, ”the letter said.
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