The radio-TV license fee will increase to 300 francs by 2029, confirms the Federal Council – rts.ch

The radio-TV license fee will increase to 300 francs by 2029, confirms the Federal Council – rts.ch
The radio-TV license fee will increase to 300 francs by 2029, confirms the Federal Council – rts.ch

The Federal Council has decided to reduce the radio-TV license fee to 300 francs by 2029, compared to 335 currently. At the same time, the government rejects the “200 francs is enough” initiative. The current SSR concession is extended until the end of 2028.

The SSR must remain strong, by having sufficient resources to ensure an equivalent journalistic offer in all linguistic regions, said the government on Wednesday in a press release. He therefore refuses the popular initiative of the UDC, the Swiss Union of Arts and Crafts (usam) and the Young People’s Party (PLR) which wants to lower the fee to 200 francs per year and free all companies from liability. A vote should take place by 2026.

The text goes too far, according to the Federal Council. If it were accepted, the share of the fee allocated to the SSR would drop to around 630 million francs. For comparison, for the current year, the SSR will receive a share of the fee of 1.3 billion.

However, the financial burden on households and businesses should be reduced. The fee must increase to 312 francs in 2027, then to 300 in 2029. The turnover allowing an exemption for businesses is also revised upwards, from 500,000 francs to 1.2 million. Thus, from 2027, around 80% of companies subject to VAT will no longer pay the fee.

This step-by-step reduction gives the SSR room to plan and make savings, according to the government. It is expected to reach around 1.2 billion in 2029, or 120 million less than currently.

This modification will not go through the ballot box, the implementing law would be directly modified.

New concession after the vote

The Federal Council also decided to grant a new concession to the SSR only after the vote on the initiative, which should take place by 2026. It therefore extended the current concession until the end of 2028.

This concession should come into force in 2029. The Federal Council will develop it according to the means available. It will refine the mandate of the SSR to focus it more on information, education and culture as well as on new usage habits of the public.

Regarding entertainment and sports, it must focus on events that are not covered by other broadcasters. As for the online offering, it should be based more on audio and video content.

The Federal Council has also concluded a new service agreement with the SSR for 2025 and 2026 which covers the financing and content of journalistic services intended abroad. These services are financed half by the Confederation and half by the SSR. The federal contribution is capped at 19 million francs per year maximum. The journalistic offering remains unchanged.

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