The parliamentary Committee on Transport and Communications yesterday accepted the proposal for re-balancing the budget of the Macedonian Radio Television, which will add another 3 million euros to the account of the public broadcaster, and MRT for 2018 will have a total of 20.8 million euros.
If this is compared with the budgets that MRT has had for several years back, and which can be seen from their annual reports and from the Public Revenue Office’s data, it is one of the higher budgets in recent years.
For 2018, MRT was originally planned to receive 17.8 million euros, and the rebalancing increases this amount by another three million.
The re-balancing should also be voted on in a plenary session that has not been scheduled yet.
Last year (2017), MRT had a modest 16.8, and in 2016, had over relatively high 19.3 million euros.
Now that the broadcasting fee, the main source of funding has been repealed, MRTV is left to direct funding with 0.7 of the state budget, which according to the proposed law on AAAMS, should increase to 1% and theoretically provide an income of around 21 million euros annually, with 74.5 percent of this money being allocated for financing MRTV, and the rest would be spent for financing the Media Agency and the Public Enterprise Macedonian Broadcasting (MBC).
The text is made within the framework of the project “Media Reform Observatory”, implemented by the Foundation for Internet and Society Metamorphosis, “Agora” Center for Promoting Civil Values and the Platform for Investigative Journalism and Analyzes – PINA, with the financial support of the “Foundation Open” Society – Macedonia “. The content of the text is the sole responsibility of the authors and can in no way be considered to reflect the views of the “Open Society Foundation – Macedonia”.