SOFIA: Bulgaria's Council of
voted to give a subsidy of 950,000 BGN (485,727 euros) to public broadcaster
Bulgarian National Television (www.bnt.bg)
for 2011. The money is in addition to the BNT 2011 budget of nearly 31 million
euros voted by the Parliament by the end of last 2010.
"The amount will be assured from
the state budget in accordance to costs restructuring," the government said in
a statement on 3 August 2011. The additional financing of the public
broadcaster in the middle of the year was deemed as necessary aid "in view of an
improvement of the product quality."
Of that amount, €230 061
will be spent for the introduction of
technology to display election
results in real time. The rest will be used for the
launch of the "Sofia program" and the unification of the "BNT regions" programs
for payments of copyright and related rights to authors of feature and
documentary films, and for photographic and studio equipment.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko
Borisov recently announced that the
government will provide BNT with €920,324,
especially designated to the broadcast of national football matches which has attracted small
audiences. The Prime Minister reasoned that it would
help football clubs in crisis.
The government's decision
specifies that "additional conditions need to be created, so that the BNT can
be offered more possibilities to fully realize its social function."
According to the Ministry of
Finance (www.minfin.bg) this
will not be the only extraordinary subsidy for BNT through the end of the year.