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Rai license, Lega: “No to increase”. The latest news

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Oct 13, 2021

No to “every slightest hypothesis of an increase in the RAI fee”. This is what the senators of the League in the Rai Vigilance Committee Giorgio Maria Bergesio, Umberto Fusco and Simona Pergreffi declared in a note, following the hearing of the Rai CEO Carlo Fuortes. LEGA – “The League rejects even the slightest hypothesis of increasing the RAI fee and charging a fee also for devices that are able to broadcast public TV channels – say the senators – The statements made by Fuortes in the Supervisory Commission are not we are in no way in agreement, especially in light of the current service offered to citizens by Rai, which should be suitably renewed. the sale of unused properties and a serious policy of enhancement of human resources. It is necessary to act with interventions dedicated to saving and containing costs, certainly not taking other money from the pockets of citizens “.” The hearing in the Rai Supervision of the CEO has given very worrying signals and we don’t even want to think that the company is preparing to get its hands on and citizens’ pockets “declared the leader of the Lega in Vigilanza Rai group, Massimiliano Capitanio, and the commissioners Giorgio Bergesio, Dimitri Coin, Umberto Fusco, Elena Maccanti, Simona Pergreffi, Leonardo Tarantino. “Revenues decreased by 702 million compared to 2008, advertising has dramatic numbers, the company looks to realities such as Switzerland and Austria where the rent costs 300 euros compared to our 90 and for the rebalancing of resources it asks for the “extension of the scope of application of the fee to devices and multimedia. The message alone, even in the face of a zero impact on users, is inadmissible: the League will oppose new fees in every way”. “Let us worry about those who still do not pay the fee before taxing mobile phones or increasing it to those who are already in good standing” they underline. AD RAI FUORTES – But what did Ad Fuortes say last night during the hearing in the Rai Parliamentary Supervisory Commission? “Between 2008 and 2020, the Rai Group’s revenues due to the license fee fell by about 700 million euros – explained the CEO – We went from 3 billion and 210 million in 2008 to 2.5 billion in 2020 . A big drop, of 22% “, attributable” mainly to the reduction in advertising and other commercial revenues “.” Since 2014 – that is, when the government no longer recognized the total revenue collected from the license fee to the public radio and television service – the total amount of resources withheld by the state exceeds 2 billion and 400 million euros “, said Fuortes, recalling that, for 2021 alone, the total amount withheld will amount to about 270 million euros, equal to 14 per cent of the amount paid by Italians. In France, Germany and the United Kingdom, between 96 and 98 percent of the amount paid by citizens is guaranteed to the public radio and television service, albeit with unitary fees which – compared to the 90 euros requested in Italy – reach i 220 euros a year in Germany, 185 euros in Great Britain, 138 in France and 127 in Croatia. the draft reform currently being examined by Parliament would result in a reduction of the resources available to the public service of more than 130 million euros when fully operational, in 2023 “, he highlighted. “From this point of view, the necessary interventions to make the resources consistent with the Rai’s perimeter of activity and the digital transformation of the company without burdening the users yet – continued Fuortes – are essentially three: the full recognition of the fee resources ( eliminating the current deduction of 110 million euros starting from 2022), the reshaping of the advertising crowding ceiling (to be brought to the 8 percent threshold in 2022 and fully operational) or the possible cancellation of the concession fee on the fee Ordinary “. For Fuortes, giving back all the fee to Rai” does not mean a higher fee (in terms of cost for the citizen, ed.). The fee is a purpose tax paid by Italians to have the public radio and television service. part of this tax is destined, according to a lawful decision of the Parliament, to the Publishing Fund and not to the operator of the public television service “. But “trying to bring Italy back to the level of all other European countries and therefore having 96% instead of 86% of the purpose tax that Italians pay for public service would bring 200 million more resources, so the 12-13% more. Important resources that would guarantee technological development, would guarantee an improvement of the product. They would be increased resources “, he specified. FIEG – But criticism comes from Fieg. “The proposal of the CEO of Rai Carlo Fuortes to eliminate the quota of the fee assigned annually to the Publishing Fund is surprising and disconcerting. However, these are limited resources, to be exact 110 million euros, compared to over 1.7 billion of public funding collected by Rai which represents an unparalleled amount of resources for other operators “, commented the president of Fieg. Andrea Riffeser Monti. “A fee that should serve to guarantee the public service and which, on the other hand, finances largely commercial programming, substantially similar to that of commercial televisions, as any citizen can see on a daily basis” he added. the Authority for Communications Guarantees found, the extent of Rai’s public funding allows the public concessionaire forms of dumping on the advertising market to the detriment of other media, primarily newspapers. “” The share of the license fee that goes to the publishing fund has as its objective the pluralism of information, to guarantee all citizens as required by the Constitution and to opening of a fundamental service to the public such as that offered by newspapers “, underlined the president of Fieg. USIGRAI – The executive of Usigrai speaks of “an economic and financial picture that is finally clear”. As we have been denouncing for years, Rai’s revenues are incongruous, uncertain, decreasing and unstable due to external factors ”, reads a press release. According to Usigrai, “the news that could come from the transposition of the European Directive regarding advertising ceilings risk bringing Rai to its knees”. “This framework – explains the RAI journalists union – creates strategic disasters because it reduces investments, reduces the possibility of competing to hire new skills, prevents any development project. The proposals put forward by Fuortes to solve the structural knot of resources are widely shared. If we want to relaunch the Public Service, as always we are ready to do our part “but since last night” it is even more clear that nothing can happen without an intervention on resources ”.