Public Service Fee instead of TV Licence Fee

The government’s investigation into public service radio and television was presented on Monday, and called upon Swedish Television to minimise its current level of sponsorship.

Another change is that the TV licence fee be replaced by a so-called public service charge.

Chief investigator Rose-Marie Frebran’s main criticism concerns Swedish TV’s high number of sponsors in 2007. 50 Swedish Television events had sponsorship, with sponsor’s logos visible in 400 programs. According to Frebran, this figure needs to be halved, at a minimum.

The investigation was generally very positive towards Swedish Radio and Television and wants to support the industries by allowing them to pay and withdraw VAT. The companies are to receive two percent more funding support per year.