Lander chiefs want to allow ard and zdf more on the internet

Lander chiefs want to allow ard and zdf more on the internet

Public broadcasters will be able to make their own programs available on the internet for longer than before. ARD, ZDF and deutschlandradio are also to be given more freedom in their editorial offerings on the internet.

The minister presidents agreed on this at a meeting in saarbrucken on friday. Rhineland-palatinate’s head of government, malu dreyer (SPD), who heads the broadcasting commission of the states, also called on the broadcasters to make more stringent savings.

With regard to their savings plans, which ARD, ZDF and deutschlandradio presented in their reports to the broadcasting commission at the end of september, she said: "we praise this as a first step, but we are not satisfied. But it must go on. We need more mabreakdowns and reform steps to actually put us in a better position."

The so-called seven-day rule for online offerings of the public broadcasters will be dropped, dreyer announced: "we want to loosen that up and change it."The "dwell time" of broadcasts in the network should be "extended in a time-neutral manner". This is what the heads of state had in mind for the 22. Amendment to the interstate broadcasting treaty, which will be negotiated in more detail in the coming year.

The ban on press-related offers is to be "further concretized. "It’s inconceivable that public broadcasting today doesn’t have the ability to do certain things online as well". She did not give details. "So the ban on press censorship remains self-explanatory," she said, calling it a "signal to publishers".

The federal association of german newspaper publishers (BDZV) buries this decision. "Even the current mandate is so broadly defined that broadcasters apparently see little limit to text reporting," the BDZV announced on friday. "The existing control system by the broadcasting council also seems to be insufficiently functional in this respect," the biologist. These two points must be clarified in the further debate."

The association of private broadcasting and telemedia (VPRT) also sees the minister presidents’ decision to continue the discussion as positive. "Now is not the time to miss the opportunity to first define the mission of public broadcasting and only then make decisions on structural reform of the stations," says VPRT chairman hans demmel. The VPRT is against allowing ARD and ZDF to broadcast more on the net than they do now, it says.

In december, the 21. Amendment to the broadcasting treaty to be signed in december. For this change, among other things, agreement was reached on an adjustment to the basic data protection regulation and on the so-called entrustment standard, said dreyer. It allows for collaboration between public sector organizations without fear of competition law infringements. VPRT has already spoken out against this entrustment standard on several occasions because it gives broadcasters "disproportionate competitive advantages over commercial competitors".

Dreyer said that a final decision on structural reforms of the public sector would be taken at the beginning of next year. On the broadcasters’ savings and reform plans, she said: "we are glad that the intendants have taken this path. But we also have a very clear requirement that it goes further, that even more synergies are leveraged."

ARD chairwoman karola wille praised the minister presidents’ decisions as a "clear commitment" to strong public broadcasting. It’s good that "politicians are looking out for the interests of our users in the digital world".

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