RESEARCH published on 14 Apr 2023

Funding of Public Service Media

This report gives an accurate and comprehensive picture of the financial situation of our Members.

Our new report on the funding of public service media (PSM) shows a rebound in PSM revenues as the market recovers from the COVID-19 crisis. While PSM funding appears to grow between 2012 and 2021, this growth turns into a fall when inflation is brought into the mix, thus confirming the falling trend for PSM funding in the long term.

On average, in 2021, citizens living in the EBU area paid EUR 0.11 per day to finance PSM in their respective countries. It is a small investment towards an essential contribution, as most of PSM's revenue gets reinjected into the European content industry. In the post-COVID period, PSM continue to be the driving force in this sector in Europe. PSM are also the most trusted news brands in 90% of European markets, which is crucial to all citizens, especially in these times.

In this latest edition, you will find a unique set of data and an in-depth analysis of today's main challenges and recent changes to PSM funding mechanisms. The report aims to support our Members’ advocacy activities and help with planning and business strategies.

If you'd like to explore some figures on EBU Members’ operating revenues, staff costs and programming expenditures with historical series, an updated version of the Income and Expenditure Dataset 2022 (which is part of the Media Intelligence Survey 2022 publication) is available.


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