EBU advises Croatia to reconsider cutting licence fee


On the eve of Croatia finalising negotiations to join the European Union it has been called on by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to re-consider a decision to cut the licence fee to public broadcaster HRT by one quarter from 1 August.

EBU director general Ingrid Deltenre has said in a letter to Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor said that such a drastic reduction would do irretrievable damage to HRT. “Sustainably-funded public service broadcasters are vital to European societies and democracy,’ said Deltenre.

The licence fee accounted for nearly 80% of HRT’s income last year. According to Deltenre, HRT is one of the most successful public service broadcasters in eastern Europe and a licence cut would drastic reduce the volume and quality of every genre of programming.


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