Federal states give ARD and ZDF new broadcast orders

IOn the night from Wednesday to Thursday, the Federal State Broadcasting Commission also approved the last four still-controversial points in a draft revised state media treaty to reform the public broadcasting mandate. The heads of government were finally able to approve the bill. Eureka!, she immediately said in the ads. But anyone who thinks that this clearly regulates what ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio are allowed to spend more than nine billion euros a year is mistaken.

This begins with the so-called “profile” of the public service broadcast. The wording of the entertainment offering is as follows: “Public service offerings shall serve culture, education, media, and advice. Entertainment that conforms to the public service profile is part of the contract.” This means that only entertainment programs that conform to that profile may be offered. This is certainly a limitation on previous wording in the State Media Treaty, according to which entertainment must “also” conform to a public service profile. In the explanatory text of the Twelfth Broadcasting Amendment Treaty in 2009, the federal states stated that the public service profile is distinguished by the fact that it avoids underestimating broadcasts and newspapers in the program. However, in light of the new creative and technical potential, this negative description is not sufficient to define public entertainment and distinguish it from private providers. In addition, the high percentage of entertainment formats on ARD and ZDF, which not even the federal states began to contain, is rightly criticized.

The unclear concept of public service profile

In the debate over the state amendment, not one of the major changes has received much attention. The current state treaty stipulates that broadcasters must make contributions to culture in particular. This “special” cultural mandate is no longer emphasized for public service broadcasts. This does not bode well for the lack of programs and cultural forms.

Erweitert wurde stattdessen der Telemedienauftrag: Ausländische Spielfilme und Serien, die bisher nicht in der Mediathek zu sehen waren, dürfen künftig zeitlich befriste, wenn es sich um Beiträge zur zur zur zur lichentör ßüre dürfen künftig zeitlich befriste, wenn es sich um Beiträge zulrage zur zur zur lichtön ßür mänzre zur liff , modified. There again – the unclear concept of the public profile. Klaus Grewing, chief executive of the private broadcasting association Vaunet, nonetheless welcomed the “important limitations in detail” in light of the controversial controversy in recent years. It is important that the ranking in the future be felt in its full breadth during the day in full programs and in media libraries, as well as honing in entertainment and the limited opening of online assessment options, because all the changes in ARD and ZDF have a direct impact also on private media as the “second pillar” The dual system.

In addition to the previously repeatedly described flexibility in the presentation of the program and the significant reduction in the assignment of written presentations, there are important changes, on which there has not yet been agreement, in paragraph 31, regarding the tasks of the radio and television councils. In the future, the committees will monitor “the implementation of the mandate and the economic and economic management of the budget and economic management.” They should establish guidelines that include “content, formal quality standards, and standardized verification processes.” They should also establish standards to “enable resource efficiency control”.

Thus, the federal states are constantly on the path of transferring their framework competence for public service broadcasting, which they are required to do in accordance with the Constitution and the EU State Aid Act, to broadcasters. In the future, these committees will be primarily responsible for the ways in which the content is distributed, whether it has a “general profile” and complies with the “principles of economics and economics”. If the index form were introduced now, in the so-called second reform stage, which involves fixing broadcast fees, the whole carefree package would be ideal: broadcast fees would increase almost automatically if the KEF fee committee examined them later, without consent of state parliaments, and broadcasters, without support Politician, responsible only to the community and the contributors for their presentation.

After the prime ministers, it is now the turn of the state parliaments. You must agree to the new contract. This should be done by early next year. Provided there is no objection to relinquishing the competence of the media policy.

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