Public can't get enough of dodgers tale
Tapping into a growing resentment against well-heeled Germans who have stashed an estimated $275 billion in undeclared income in Swiss banks, Teuton webs have been harvesting gaudy ratings for news and talk shows on the larger-than-life scandal.The German government paid $3.5 million for secretive tax data on 1,500 Teutonic tax dodgers who have been stashing their undeclared wealth in Switzerland. ARD’s primetime yakkers “Hart aber fair” and “Anne Will” both drew around 5 million viewers for their 90-minute broadcasts last week. Anne Will had a 15.6 share for her Feb. 7 broadcast “Reiche ohne moral” (Rich Without Morals) while Frank Plasberg’s Feb. 10 show “Bankueberfall auf die Schweiz — was ist erlaubt beim kampf gegen steuerbetrueger?” (Bank robbery in Switzerland — what’s allowed in the fight against tax fraud?) grabbed an even better 16.5 share. Even niche net Phoenix had, what its producer called, above-average shares for its “Bankgeheimnis im visier — steueroases am ende?” (Bank secrecy under pressure — an end of the tax havens?).