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Public Service Broadcasters in Europe are paid by taxes On top of that, they have many supporters which include subscriptions, donations and government grants

Public broadcaster services are financed across Europe.



After almost 90 years, France has decided to abolish its television license fee. To help people cope with the rising cost of living, a VAT increase will replace the annual charge of €138 ($142), which was implemented in response to the crisis.

In Europe, where Public Service Broadcasters (PSB) are funded in a variety of ways, this issue is highly debated. In Germany, license fees primarily support public broadcasting via ARD and ZDF, while in Denmark, PSBs are funded by taxes. Ads also provide funding for the majority of public channels across Europe.

There has been renewed discussion in France about how this change in funding might compromise the editorial freedom of public news outlets, which would now be at the mercy of whichever political party is in power. Concerns about budget cuts and their potential effects on future editorial decisions have been prompted by this development. Critics have called for more concrete long term plans, arguing that without dedicated funding in the future, channels may be forced to close down or privatize if the French model is only guaranteed until the end of 2024.

This is a topic that hits close to home in the United Kingdom as well; the BBC is currently debating whether to eliminate its license fee after 2028, when its current royal charter expires. Direct government funding, partial privatization, or a subscription service are all viable alternatives if the license fee is eliminated.

This graph illustrates the various funding models used by European public broadcasting services.