Extra Money for Swedish Public Broadcasting

Swedish Public Service broadcasters Swedish Radio, Swedish Television and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company are to be granted higher share of viewer licence fees next year.

Writing in the daily Dagens Nyheter Thursday, Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth says she wants to strengthen the important role that public broadcasting plays, especially for culture. In recent years, the public broadcasting budget has lagged behind inflation and staff salary increases.

For Swedish Radio's part, this means a budget increase of 3.9 million dollars next year. The legislation has to be passed by the parliament before it goes into effect. (ah/gw)