NEWS published on 18 Sep 2018 • Department / Unit Communications

DR forced to cut TV and radio stations

The EBU's Danish Member, DR, today announced the imminent closure of a number of its television and radio services.

The broadcaster is having to reduce its output as a result of 20% budget cuts imposed by the Danish government.

DR's six TV channels will be reduced to three and radio channels will drop from eight to five. At the same time, around 400 positions will close.

EBU Director General Noel Curran said: "We are deeply concerned by the budget cuts that have forced DR to announce the closure of a significant number of public media services.

"DR is hugely valued by audiences in Denmark and has built amongst the highest market share and weekly reach of all public service media organizations in Europe."

Public service media is an invaluable contributor to society on numerous fronts – from its contribution to democracy, to promoting local culture, creative industries and media innovation.

"The 20% budget cuts imposed on DR will undoubtedly impact its ability as a national broadcaster to offer the same wide range of output to audiences across Denmark."

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Claire Rainford
Manager of Communications
+41 22 717 2321
rainford@ebu.ch
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