Industry associations and commercial TV stations in the Czech Republic urge the Ministry of Culture to pause proposed changes to the public television law. They call for expert discussions before budgetary adjustments.
A new law proposal by the Czech Ministry of Culture suggests higher TV and radio fees for households and businesses starting January 2025. Changes aim to adjust the funding model for public broadcasters.
The proposed hike has drawn criticism from private TV broadcasters, who fear it could disrupt the market balance and disadvantage commercial players.
Television unionists have called off their strike alert after securing collective agreements and drawing attention to unsatisfactory funding.
Unlike other European countries, the Czech Republic will not abolish TV licence fees. Ministry of Culture looks to neighbouring Germany for inspiration.