German license-funded TV
German license-funded TV, sometimes referred to as TV-fee television, is television whose programming content is paid for by the licenses required in order to legally own a television in Germany. It should not be confused with German pay TV, which is optional television content for which viewers pay extra if they wish to access it.
The two major parties have moved functionaries into the boards of directors and the zeitgeist added its part to make the public media reduce their efforts in research/inquiry immensely. Most criticisms are formed by the free media, but the lobbyists of commercial media add more motivation to government plans to reduce the free media's broadcasting platforms. For example here in the State of Northrhine-Westphalia, if I were to do a radio show during the hours designated for citizens' radio shows, I am forced to speak only German and the things I would be talking about mustn't be of relevance in areas outside the county I broadcast from. This is but one of the many gifts the State's Rüttgers administration gave us, next to cutting the funding of battered spouse shelters, removing the run-off ballot for the mayor's election, re-introducing Kopfnoten for pupils and many other things.
Apparently someone added a comment to this: "He and many others are cynical, that they are actually paying money nowadays to be lied to, hence why the change of name for public TV". The edit is mysteriously missing from the edit history, and it looks like I put it in -- which is possible, but it doesn't sound like my writing. Where did it come from? --Woozle 14:34, 2 June 2009 (UTC)