Czech TV ups fees, loses ad time

Hike likely to take effect in June

PILSEN, Czech Republic — Pubcaster Czech TV saw its first win in a long battle to raise license fees paid by each household with a TV.

A bill to increase fees from the $3 per month to $4 passed in parliament by a one-vote margin. The bill also included a rise in radio license fees from $1.50 to $1.80 per month.

The increase in fees will bring in an extra $36 million annually. However, CTV will see a 20% decrease in airtime allowed for commercials. That could cost the station $8 million a year.

The hike should go into effect in June.

Commercial channels have for years fought to limit advertising on public TV.

The last increase in license fees was eight years ago, leaving CTV in a budget crunch recently. Acquisitions had been put on hold, and funding for films was halted in September.

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