BERLIN — German pubcaster ARD has rejected calls by state leaders to pull out of the joint Euro channel 3Sat, which it operates with fellow Teutonic pubcaster ZDF, Austria’s ORF and Swiss pubcaster SRG.
The pols want to cut costs and believe ZDF’s contributions will be sufficient for the culture-focused 3Sat, which ARD joined a decade ago.
At ARD’s general meeting Wednesday in Hanover, outgoing topper Jobst Plog, who remains head of regional affil NDR, said the pubcaster is adapting to lower-than-expected license fee revenues after state leaders limited a fee hike to $1.16 more a month instead of the $1.45 the pubcasters wanted.
Teutonic TV owners will pay $22.55 a month to support ARD and ZDF as of April.
Thomas Gruber, head of Bavarian pubcaster BR, replaces Plog in the rotating post of ARD chairman next year.