Luxembourg expands its programming agreement with RTL

Luxembourg expands its programming agreement with RTL

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Government pledge to pay up to €15m a year for new contract with TV company replaces 25-year-old financing plan

Government pledge to pay up to €15m a year for new contract with TV company replaces 25-year-old financing plan

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

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Luxembourg lawmakers passed legislation on Tuesday that could pay RTL Group up to 50% more per year to continue and expand its television, radio and digital programming.

The new contract worth up to 106 million euros has been approved by Parliament.

The agreement provides that the Grand Duchy will pay RTL, based in Luxembourg but operating in Cologne, up to 15 million euros per year for seven years from 2024, plus 1 million euros for the replacement of equipment . The deal, which would also expand the company’s Luxembourgish-language offerings, was first outlined by the prime minister last year.

RTL’s Luxembourg subsidiary, CLT-UFA, has been producing Luxembourg news, culture and sports programs since 1995. Until 2020, CLT-UFA and RTL Group produced the programs in return for the company’s use broadcasting frequencies in Luxembourg, according to a parliamentary report explaining the new legislation.

But as frequency values ​​plummeted and production costs rose, the company and the government agreed to a contract in 2017 that required the government to pay RTL €10 million a year between 2021 and 2023.

RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, the only general-interest television channel broadcast in Luxembourgish, attracted an average of 138,700 viewers per day last year, compared to 153,000 in 2020, according to the company’s annual report published last week.

The new contract includes more children’s, scientific, sports and cultural programmes, as well as programs in English. RTL will also take on a media education mission and expand cooperation with the University of Luxembourg.

Last year, RTL generated revenue of 75 million euros from advertisements and other sources in Luxembourg, or 1.1% of the company’s total revenue of 6.6 billion euros, according to the company’s annual report. RTL Luxembourg’s combined TV, radio and digital offerings reached 82% of all Luxembourgers aged 15 and over, the company said.

(Additional report by Emery P. Dalesio)


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