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ORF household tax: the majority is against it, especially younger people

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Two out of three Austrians are against compulsory fees.
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According to a survey by the opinion research institute Unique-research for 58 percent of the population reject a household levy “profile” revealed. A majority of 63 percent find fees according to a market survey for the “default” basically not justified.

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Only 33 percent of the 500 respondents speak to each other in the news magazine “profile” for the new financing model. The resistance is greatest among FPÖ voters, of whom 83 percent reject the household levy. Among SPÖ voters, 52 percent oppose the new system. With ÖVP voters, however, the introduction of a household levy finds a majority of 58 percent.

800 eligible voters were voted for “default” questioned. If a GIS extended to streaming, a household fee and budget financing for the ORF are available, then 51 percent of those surveyed advocate financing from the federal budget. “The majority of supporters of the governing parties ÖVP and Greens as well as the Neos are in favor of a budget levy, while three quarters of FPÖ fans are in favor of budget financing”it says.

A large majority of young people are against

The Federal Youth Representation (BJV) emphasizes in a broadcast that only eleven percent of young people are in favor of a household levy. “Young people find the household levy model unfair. New ORF funding must not be at the expense of young people”so BJV chairman Julian Christian. In order to reach young people better, what is needed instead is a digital novella that addresses the needs of young people when it comes to media use. In addition, young people must “more involved in program design”. You confess “basically on the necessity of the constitutional mandate of broadcasting, but it also finally needs the expansion of program content and formats suitable for young people in order to appeal to young people”.

In an interview with the “default” says the former ORF general director Gerhard Zeiler for co-financing of the ORF by the population from: “If there is to be public service broadcasting, which I am convinced of, then people have to contribute to it”, says Zeiler. However, the ORF “prove every day through its programs and convince people that it is right to have a public service broadcaster. I think the ORF does its job very well overall.”

The Media Advisor Peter Plaikner underlines in the “small newspaper”that the ORF now “a taboo-free, broad public discussion about the tasks of the public service medium in a digitized democracy” have to initiate. “A stronger ORF should then remain, for which the self-perception and the public image are largely the same again.” On the other hand, he mentions linking the switch from broadcasting fees to household levies on the part of politicians to demands for discounts “arbitrary political act”.

Also NEOS media spokeswoman Henrike Brandstoetter criticizes Media Minister Susanne Raab (ÖVP) in a guest commentary in the “Press”. The minister is practicing “only in flat populism”. Rather, one must now “set up a broad process that actively involves civil society”to find out how the public service mandate works. “However, this is not a question of austerity measures, but a question of content and structure. The government is skipping these important steps, and the lack of planning leaves many media experts at a loss.”

As expected, the Green media spokeswoman provided support for the government’s actions Eva Blimlinger: “A household levy is not only cheaper and fairer for everyone because everyone pays equally, it is also more democratic: everyone pays, as with other community services, and those with low household incomes are exempted”she writes in the “Press”. At the same time, she again criticizes the cuts in the radio symphony orchestra (RSO) planned by ORF General Director Roland Weißmann, which she calls “one of the most important and distinguished orchestras in the country” designated.

The background to the discussion is the decision of the Constitutional Court, which requires new ORF funding from 2024, which, in contrast to GIS, also includes streaming use.

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