France’s Macron Abolishes Public Broadcasting Fees: Should Germany Do The Same?

French President Macron abolished the mandatory public broadcasting fee, as he promised during his re-election campaign. This is a measure seen by many as long overdue in Germany, where public television has become unwatchable. It is a sad thing because I do not dislike the idea of paying for public television as long as it sticks to its public service mission and is not used by overpaid employees as a medium to tell people what they ought to think, who they should like and who they should hate. The alternative to good public TV is not necessarily private TV, as if privatization is the mother of all solutions to all problems. The alternative to bad public TV remains good public TV.

Klaus Stein.

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