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- File Size: 880 KB
- Print Length: 241 pages
- Publisher: Bastei Entertainment (16 Nov. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: German
- ASIN: B00AJ2TDKW
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Die Nimmersatten: Die Wahrheit über ARD und ZDF (German Edition) Kindle Edition
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Although the book is about a German Institution, it deserves wide attention far beyond Germany's borders and should in fact be translated into English. For, there seem to be plans to introduce its fee policies in other countries as well, like for example Switzerland. Lest the citizens of other countries be cought by surprise as Germans have been, a public debate should be engendered not only to protect European newspapers and other media from unfair competition, but also to safeguard the Constitution and protect basic human rights such as the one to freely chose one's channels of information and be treated fairly and equally.
Without any preceeding public debate, a new regulatation has been passed in Germany according to which each "household" has to pay 17,98 Euros per month to the TV company regardless whether it has a TV or not . The mere fact that one might illegally hear or watch one of the many soap operas (that need so much promotion), is given as a reason to enforce payment. Payment, which is due before you may donate to the poor or pay the subscription of a newspaper you would prefer. It is due, before you may even buy the TV set or Radio needed to hear what you have been forced to subscribe..
And in some cases, after having paid your fees you may have to decide for a healthy meal instead of a TV Set because there will not be enough for both, adequate food and TV . If you do not have a TV because you are not interested in it,like me, you surely pay. The same applies when you are blind or deaf,... This is so because the ethics of a civilized country mandates that everyone be treated equally. And for this reason, so the argument goes, everyone, has to pay, which includes the deaf and the blind.....
Now, if you have more than one household you have to pay for each one of them (although you can be only in one place at a time) . Paying for all "housholds" raises the interesting question what is a "household". Certainly this is your week-end cottage and as some have complained, also the hut in your garden that shelters your equiment and sometimes you from the rain. For, if there is water and electricity, it may qualify as a home. A company seemingly is also a household albeit one of a special kind with higher fees depending upon the number of "household members" or employees. The company must pay even if for reasons of logistics or reasons of hazard, a radio may not be used at all........
Each hotel room seemingly is a "household" and must pay for a TV, whether it contains one or not. .... If you offer accommodation you also pay per room a fee whether it contains a TV set or not. Also for your business car you have to pay a fee in addition .
Put differently, whether you watch it or not, whether you are deaf or blind you pay for Radio and TV not just once but also when you drive on business, (although you may prefer a tape recorder). You pay, when you book a hotel room although it may not even have a TV . In a nutshell, you pay for TV whenever you take a breath....
Because you can watch only once but pay many times this is a genius funding system that will only be topped by the Internal Revenue Office at the end of each year when you will be taxed for money that has been collected by the Public Broadcasting Company before it even entered your pocket, There are rumours that the above described funding system will turn the German Public Broadcasting company into the richest of the world, Now, whether the revenue will suffice for the adds that grow in proportion and are posted at every street corner (so as to promote the public channels and their soap operas) I do not know
One thing though is sure, the money we pay is well invested, The Public Broadcasting Company was founded after Worldwar 2 to guarantee unbiased, affordable information and foster Democracy. For this reason it is to our best, if in the end we don't have any money left to pay our dues to the local church, donate for the poor or pay for the newspaper of our choice.. For this ONE "critical" voice that spoke up right after World War Two, when it was safe to do so is enough to help maintain (social) justice and democracy in any society. No need for additional books, comments or newspapers anymore....