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Minister seeks fee increase for STV

LICENSE fees for public broadcasters Slovak Television (STV) and Slovak Radio (SRo) are set to increase, and will be paid not only by those who own a television set or radio but by everyone who uses electricity, according to a new Culture Ministry plan.

Culture Minister Marek Maďarič from the ruling Smer party is preparing a new law on license fees, which he plans to submit to parliament by the end of this year.

Through the new law, Maďarič aims to raise more finances for the public media. He also claims that the license fees will be collected better than at present.

The standard charge at the moment for an individual is Sk40 (€1.07) a month for radio and Sk100 for television. The minister says that the fee will rise in line with inflation or the consumer price index.

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