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How to fund public broadcasting

In Denmark, the opposition parties think they've found the ultimate solution to funding public broadcasting: shift the burden of proof – guilty until you've proved your innocent of owning a device that can be used to receive public TV and radio (via Berlingske).

Some wise soul, or a magazine rather, calculated that if every ninth household didn't dodge the license fee, the country's public radio broadcaster would not have had to impose its latest round of redundancies. This led a few opposition parties to suggest that every household should have to actively unsubscribe from public broadcasting and further prove that they do not have access to Radio, TV, Internet or Mobile phones. In this way the opposition parties hope to raise 600m DKK in extra funding.

What a marvellous scheme to rein in those of us who prefer Internet to TV.


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