Status: 04.12.2023, 13:00 PM
By: Sandra Sporer, Julian Mayr
Radio and television also have to absorb rising costs. For this reason, the broadcasting fee is to be increased in 2025. But not everyone is in favor of it.
Frankfurt – The public broadcasting fee – especially its amount – is always the subject of debate. Especially since 2013, when the obligation to pay the broadcasting fee was extended to all households – regardless of whether they have a television or radio. Since then, 18.36 euros per month have to be paid.
For 2025, an increase in the broadcasting fee of 58 cents is planned. This increase is lower than the last adjustment in 2021, but could be a burden for less financially well-off individuals. However, there will be another innovation as early as 2024: tenants will then have a free choice of TV reception.
In 2025, an increase in the broadcasting fee is likely to be on the cards. © Christoph Hardt/Imago
Majority of the population rejects increase in the broadcasting fee
The reason for the increase in the broadcasting fee is rising costs for programming and personnel. The broadcasters have predicted that these will increase by about 2025.2 percent from 7 onwards and therefore the broadcasting fee levied would probably also have to be higher. The currently discussed increase to 18.94 euros would correspond to an increase of about 3.1 percent and would thus be below the inflation rate of October 2023 (3.8 percent). However, an Insa survey shows that a large part of the population rejects a further increase in the contribution, which is still colloquially referred to as the GEZ fee.
|Broadcasting fee/licence fee in Euro
However, some groups are generally exempt from paying the licence fee and would therefore not be affected by the price increase. These include, among others, recipients of basic income support and citizens' allowance (formerly unemployment benefit II), recipients of benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act, as well as students and trainees who receive BAföG or training grants.
Pensioners who also receive social benefits do not have to pay the broadcasting fee. An exemption is also possible for persons who receive social assistance or basic security in old age and for people who are accommodated in a retirement or nursing home on a full inpatient basis. Even pensioners who are entitled to social benefits but do not use them can opt out of the contribution service.
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Increase in the broadcasting fee: KEF intends to publish recommendation at the beginning of 2024
Whether the broadcasting fee will actually rise to 18.94 euros will probably become clear shortly. The Commission for the Determination of the Financial Needs of Broadcasters (KEF) will publish a recommendation on the amount of contributions in spring 2024, as media journalist Claudia Tieschky announced on Deutschlandfunk in July 2023. In a survey conducted by the Evangelical Press Service (epd) in June 2023, a total of six federal states still rejected an increase from 2025.
Commission for the Determination of the Financial Needs of Broadcasters (KEF)
The Commission for the Determination of the Financial Needs of Broadcasters (KEF) was established in 1975 and is a sixteen-member body. It identifies and reviews the financial needs of the public broadcasters ARD, ZDF, Deutschlandradio and ARTE. Every two years, the KEF submits contribution reports with recommendations and interim reports to the state governments. On the basis of the Commission's proposals, the Länder decide on the financial framework of the broadcasters.
"A deviation from the proposal is only possible within narrow limits and only by agreement of all countries, for example if the burden on contributors no longer appears appropriate. Verifiable reasons must be given for this," explains the KEF. However, according to a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Broadcasting Commission of the Länder is planning a reform of the contribution procedure.
Completely different fees, however, caused a stir in Austria. One guest felt "ripped off" with restaurant bills. (jm)
Machine support was used for this article, written by the editors. The article was carefully reviewed by editor Sandra Sporer before publication.