DThe Commission for the Determination of the Funding Requirements of Broadcasters (Kef) argues for a cut in public service broadcasting salaries. The remuneration levels of the nine ARD state broadcasters, the ZDF and the German radio are disproportionately good to a report obtained from the Kef, as reported by the Bonn based specialist service "Medienkorrespondenz" (MK).
According to the information, the opinion concludes that in the internal comparison of the remuneration levels between the eleven institutions, five channels are above the average. At Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) and ZDF, salaries were noticeably above average. Still ranked about the West German Broadcasting Corporation (WDR), in which the reviewers had "a significantly increased total remuneration level" found.
On the other hand, the remuneration of the institutions was compared with three external areas: public administration, commercial media and the general economy. As the levels of broadcasters are higher than those of the public administration, the Finance Commission Kef intends to cut the staff costs of broadcasters by a total of 60.3 million euros over the next four-year period, according to "Medienkorrespondenz".
"The Commission assumes that in particular the conspicuous institutions (BR, HR, SR, WDR, ZDF) make significant efforts to correct their disproportionate compensation levels, especially in the internal comparison with a particularly high remuneration level," according to the draft for the 22 Kef report.
The institutions should have already been informed about the report. The broadcasters reportedly pointed out that their compensation structures were adequate to remain competitive with business enterprises. The public service broadcasters had also criticized the report, because the higher average age of their workforce and its impact on the remuneration were not sufficiently taken into account.
As a result, Kef does not consider the arguments to be sound and has therefore reduced its staff costs in its draft report.
Kef's calculations are preliminary; The broadcasters and the states will comment on this in December so that changes are still possible. The 22nd report, including the final proposal for the broadcasting fee from January 2021, will be published by Kef in February 2020. The preliminary proposal of the Finance Commission on the contribution to the broadcasting fee is that it should be increased from 1 January 2021 by 86 cents to 18.36 euros.
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