Public service broadcasters should stop internet activities
An MP from the governing conservative VVD party says Dutch public service broadcasters should not be involved in internet activities. These include their flagship websites.
On Monday, VVD MP Anouchka van Miltenburg said that this was what was meant by a passage in the government programme which states that the broadcasters should limit themselves to “audiovisual tasks”. The government programme was recently released by the VVD and its coalition partner the CDA Christian Democrats.
Ms Van Miltenburg believes it could be considered unfair if the broadcasters are seen to be using public money to compete with newspapers which have to make their internet sites commercially viable. “The new media should be developed by private groups as far as possible,” she says. “Public service broadcasting is supplementary.”
Under present Dutch law, public service broadcasters are allowed to run websites and involve themselves in other internet activities. New legislation would have to be introduced to stop them from doing so.
The MP refused to comment on other plans to change public service broadcasting contained in the government programme.
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