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IVO survey shows state budget should finance public media

In a recent survey conducted by the non-governmental think tank Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), 58 percent of respondents agreed that the state should be the main source of financing for the public Slovak Television (STV) and Slovak Radio (SRo).

In a recent survey conducted by the non-governmental think tank Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), 58 percent of respondents agreed that the state should be the main source of financing for the public Slovak Television (STV) and Slovak Radio (SRo).

IVO's Miroslav Kollár stated that 59 percent of those polled declared their willingness to take part in a referendum on the cancellation of broadcast fees, while 88 percent said they would vote in favour, the SITA newswire wrote.

IVO surveyed opinions on the existence and functioning of public media. The survey showed that broadcast fees, which are currently the main source of income for STV and the SRo, have the support of a mere 17 percent of those polled. Another 17 percent think that revenues from advertising should be the main source of income for the public service media. Eight percent of respondents were unable to answer the question. SITA

b>Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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