"Grundfunk": The AfD concept against the public law

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The AfD wants public broadcasting to be on the collar. Now the party has presented a corresponding concept: it provides 90 percent less ARD, ZDF and Co.

It has always been known that AfD’s public service broadcasting is a thorn in the side. According to the party, ARD, ZDF and Deutschlandradio are too expensive and not politically independent. This is also reflected in the “Grundfunk” concept that the AfD presented in Düsseldorf last Monday (June 29).

According to the WDR, the media policy spokesmen from seven parliamentary groups participated in the concept. The idea: a 90 percent reduced public service broadcasting that only costs ten percent of the current demand. This “light” version would only send news, culture and coverage of amateur and popular sports. The “basic radio” should only be paid for through a levy paid by large media groups.

These include the streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon and Apple, but also Springer-Verlag and Bertelsmann. Sven Tritschler from the NRW parliamentary group had to admit that these groups could pass on the levy to their customers, for example through subscription price increases.

In the near future, the “basic radio” concept will probably not be implemented – the AfD is not involved in any state government in Germany. These decide on the legal framework of their respective broadcaster.

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