Important change in the broadcasting fee - millions of consumers affected
Created: 09/01/2023 09:16
By: Michelle Brey
Since January 1, 2023, new bank details have been in effect for the broadcasting fee.
© Arno Burgi/dpa
With the start of the new year 2023, consumers have to be careful when transferring the broadcasting fee.
All information at a glance.
Munich - At the beginning of each month, there are important changes for consumers.
There will also be new regulations and changes in the law in January 2023. Consumers should also take a close look at broadcasting fees.
A change on January 1, 2023 affects many contributors.
Broadcasting contribution in Germany: That changed on January 1, 2023
18.36 per month, 55.08 euros per quarter or 220.32 euros per year: almost all households have to pay the license fee.
For some contributors, there was a not insignificant change at the turn of the year.
As was officially announced in October 2022, the bank details of NDR, RBB and the joint account of all state broadcasters changed.
People from northern Germany are affected by the change:
RBB: Berlin, Brandenburg
NDR: Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein
The deadline was January 1, 2023. Anyone who pays the broadcasting fee as a single transfer or as a standing order should pay close attention and use the new IBAN for all future payments.
What is the broadcasting fee?
The public service broadcasters in Germany are financed with the license fee.
These include ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio.
Compared to ZDF and Deutschlandradio, ARD has nine state broadcasters that produce different TV and radio programs.
The broadcasting fee has been due since 2013 and came from the fee collection center of the public broadcasters (GEZ fee).
The GEZ was responsible for collecting the license fee until the end of 2012.
The broadcasting fee was increased in 2021.
Since then it has been EUR 18.36 per month for most (with a few exceptions).
Broadcasting contribution 2023: An overview of the changes to the account details
Account details until December 31, 2022
Account details from January 1st, 2023
Deutsche Bank Hamburg IBAN: DE96 2007 0000 0111 1111 00
Landesbank Baden-Württemberg IBAN: DE11 6005 0101 0002 0053 33
Commerzbank Potsdam IBAN: DE10 1608 0000 0012 3456 00
Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen IBAN: DE85 5005 0000 0000 2345 67
joint account of all state broadcasting corporations
Postbank Cologne IBAN: DE85 3701 0050 0123 4565 03
Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen IBAN: DE07 5005 0000 0000 3456 78
For people who have the broadcasting fee debited from their account by direct debit, the new account details will not change anything.
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For contributors, however, it is advisable to set up a SEPA direct debit anyway so that you don't forget the general payment.
An important reminder for the payment of the broadcasting license fee was also omitted in 2022.