The political debate on an increase in broadcasting rights from 2025 is influencing the economic planning of Radio Television Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB). The head of public broadcaster ARD, Ulrike Demmer, said on Thursday afternoon at the public meeting of the RBB-Rundfunkrat control committee in Potsdam: “We definitely have to assume that the KEF agreed to an increase in the contribution, we” But I really can't count on it for the 2025 budget year. It would be a completely unrealistic idea given the political debate over this contribution.”

When asked by dpa about the details of the economic planning, the RBB responded that the broadcaster was “entitled to the increased contribution and will not give it up.” In view of the current political debate, it should be noted that the increase for 2025 is not yet available or will be available with a delay.

“We will find a reflection of both – the conviction that there must be an adjustment in contributions and the fear that implementation will be delayed – in the next economic plan,” an RBB spokesperson said. What exactly that will look like is currently being worked out. The economic plan for 2025 is not yet available. The same applies to medium-term financial planning for the next contribution period 2025-2028.

In 2022, broadcasters raised 8,570 million euros

The Commission for the Determination of the Financial Needs of Broadcasting Companies (KEF) is an independent expert committee that regularly recommends to the states the level of broadcasting fees after examining the economic plans of broadcasting companies. ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio.

The monthly amount is currently 18.36 euros. To finance public media companies, the KEF recommended in February an increase from 58 cents to 18.94 euros from 2025. In Germany, households and companies pay the broadcast fee. Total revenue in 2022 was around €8.57 billion.

The litigation over the increase in premiums could end up before the Federal Constitutional Court

The federal states (first the prime ministers and then all state parliaments) decide the amount of the contribution. You must strictly follow KEF's recommendation. A unanimous vote is required to change the amount of the retransmission fee. There have been signs of conflict for many months, as several state leaders, including the prime ministers of Brandenburg and Berlin, have spoken out against an increase. The case could end up before the Federal Constitutional Court.

The RBB, which plunged into a deep crisis in the summer of 2022 due to accusations of nepotism among its leaders, has been in a tense financial situation for years. Director Demmer stated at the broadcasting council meeting that it would not be possible to increase the rates. In addition, a significant amount of millions will have to be saved next year and an even larger amount in 2026.