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The state will put more hand in the pocket for RTL

From 2024, the Kirchberg-based media group should benefit from an envelope exceeding 10 million euros, Xavier Bettel said on Tuesday. The contract between the state and the private group should also be extended from three to seven years.

Marie DEDEBAN

Marie DEDEBAN

From 2024, the Kirchberg-based media group should benefit from an envelope exceeding 10 million euros, Xavier Bettel said on Tuesday. The contract between the state and the private group should also be extended from three to seven years.

From 2024, relations between the State and RTL should change. In parliamentary committee, Tuesday, Xavier Bettel (DP), Minister of Media, indicated not only that the allocation granted to RTL Group, within the framework of the next convention will be “revised upwards”, but also that the latter would be extended . Going from three to seven years. This should allow the State to guarantee the presence of the group in Kirchberg until 2030, the planned end date of the radio concessions.


Lokales, Coronavirus, Covid-19, RTL Group, Foto: Chris Karaba / Luxemburger Wort

Despite a 28% drop in profits in 2020, the Luxembourg group exceeded forecasts for the month of November for its overall turnover. A glimmer of hope that even pushes the company to increase its dividend.


If no concrete details have been given as to the future amount that will be paid each year to enable the performance of a public service mission in the Luxembourgish language, the only certainty is that it will be higher. to the annual 10 million euros currently paid. Justified by the “cross-media” operations of the group, which largely shares the content produced between television, radio and the Internet, the measure must be offset by the arrival of new missions.

Namely, the fact that RTL will have to become a cultural incubator, fulfill media education missions or even set up collaborations with the University of Luxembourg, according to the list mentioned by the Ministry of Communication and Media before the deputies. Another novelty is the inclusion in the future radio convention. This would mean that RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg would also benefit from state funding, in the same way as Radio 100.7, a public institution that receives an annual allocation of 6.58 million, until 2023.

Note that to make these changes possible, a new financing law will have to be passed. No information on the drafting of this future text has been disclosed.


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