Public debate: ’Required reforms in public broadcasting service’

Skopje, 20th of July 2015

Journalists, representatives of associations and institutions attended the public debate: ’Required reforms in public broadcasting service’, hosted by the Ministry of Information Society and Administration.

 

The panel included: Ivo Ivanovski- Minister of Information Society and Administration; Marjan Cvetkovski- CEO of MRT; Zoran Trajcevski- Director of Agency for audio and audiovisual media services; Naser Selmani- president of the Association of Journalists of Macedonia and Slagjana Dimishkovska- Macedonian Association of Journalists’ president. The need to have stable funding for public broadcasting service was one of the topics, particularly the fee system as one of the most crucial aspects for the public broadcaster functioning.

 

”Government of the Republic of Macedonia pays a special attention to ongoing reforms of the public broadcasting service and has recently taken steps to its modernization: We’ve allocated funds for equipment and human capital investment so the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia could have a respectable public broadcaster", Ivanovski said.

 

”The public service revenues amount to EUR 14.5 million, of which 9.5 million come from the license fee; marketing generated EUR 1.1 million and EUR 3.9 million coming from the budget”, Cvetkovski said. Interlocutors agreed that ensuring stable funding is a precondition for quality programming in the future. More funds are also needed in order to meet higher standards and citizens' needs.

 

 

 

 

Ministry of Information Society and Administration