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National television wants a law on its funding

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“The Latvian national television channel LTV’s funding must be written into a law, perhaps even the Constitution, so that its budget is not subject to fluctuations in the political climate,” says Edgars Kots, LTV Director General.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUKots describes the Swedish license fee system as an example. It provides that  a special administrative body Radiotjanst funds public television, radio broadcasts and education programmes.

“LTV budget amounts to 6 euro per capita. In Sweden it is 200 euro per capita a year, but their population is bigger. Public media in general cannot be cheap. It is after all a media for masses that have to be addressed in a quality way. There has to be some kind of a minimum budget set by a law,” he says.

He criticizes fluctuating and short-sighted politicians’ attitude towards LTV and other public media. It will not be easy to introduce a license fee in near future, he says.

“Municipal elections will be held next year, so the political will is quite week now. I agree that there should be a transition period before switching to a subscription fee. Politicians are not thinking 5-10 years ahead – about what we will leave to our children and grandchildren. It is short-term thinking.”

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