EBU: “Licence fees never been better value”

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Licence fees across Europe have never been better value. On average, the annual licence fee is €0.35 per day – far cheaper than most European pay-TV subscriptions.

This is one of the key findings in the annual Licence Fee report produced by the EBU’s Media Intelligence Service.

Research shows that, on average, the annual licence fee in EBU countries was €126.08 in 2017, or 35 cents per day. This is far cheaper than most European pay-TV subscriptions.

What’s more, following reforms in several European countries, the fee has even declined in recent years in the EBU area: between 2013 and 2017 it is down -8.6 per cent in real terms, when taking the impact of inflation into account.

The fourth edition of the Licence Fee report details how the licence fee remains the main source of PSM funding in the EBU area.

In 2018, the licence fee was still collected in almost half of EBU countries.

At both EU and EBU levels the licence fee remains, by far, the main source of funding for PSM, providing around two-thirds of the PSM funding mix for EBU Members.


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