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THE FALL OF THE PUBLIC MONOPOLY IN AUSTRIA
- Local private stations go on air
mcr Vienna. On April first has fallen the state monopoly of broadcasting in
Austria. The only European country that still allows no private broadcaster is
Albania. But Austria's state-run ORF is still protected. For now only local
and regional private radio-stations are allowed. But it is expected that more
than 50 licenses will be applied for.
The ORF has been seen by the political establishment in Austria as way of
securing its power. The only competitor so far have been German and Italian
stations, broadcasting from abroad.
In the meantime started the ORF-2 Network broadcasting digitally via the
ASTRA-Satellite as part of the ZDF package.
PUBLIC TELEVISION WITH A SURPLUS
- ARD earns money
mcr Baden-Baden. According to new figures from the commission of finance for
public television in Germany, the ARD (First German Network) will actually
earn 810 million Deutschmarks until the end of the year 2000. Despite of that
earning, mainly financed from mandatory television fee, this fee is not going
to be reduced.
HALF A MILLION LETTERS
- Deutsche Welle is becoming more popular
mcr Cologne. The Deutsche Welle Radioservice received 426.000 letters from
listeners around the world. This is an increase of about 1.5 percent. The echo
for Deutsche Welle-TV has risen 40 percent to 63.000 letters or eMails from
58 percent of this mail has come from Asia (mostly from India, Pakistan and
Bangladesh), 20 percent from Europe and 14 percent from Africa. Three percent
of the mail has come from each the Near and Middle-East and Latin-America, two
percent from North-America.
- "V" on Channel 5
This is one of the most exciting sci-fi-series. Lizardlike aliens try to
conquer the earth, disguised as humans. Only the brave journalist Mike Donovan
(Mark Singer) can stop them. Channel 5 started with "V", as the series is
called, last Saturday and shows the upcoming episodes every Saturday at around
midnight CET. Check the Teletext for more detailed information.
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