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ESA: TV 2 agreement is in line with state aid rules

13.12.2019

PR(19)38 

EN | NO

ESA confirms that the TV 2 agreement for public service broadcasting is in line with state aid rules.

In September 2018, the Norwegian Ministry of Culture entered into an agreement with TV 2, giving the latter compensation for being a commercial public service broadcaster. In December 2018, ESA received a complaint from the media company Discovery that the agreement was in breach of the EEA state aid rules.

According to the agreement, TV 2 shall broadcast daily news on its main channel, Norwegian-language children's programmes in the weekends and invest in Norwegian film and drama. The aim is to ensure media pluralism, production of news outside of the Oslo area, and an alternative to the public broadcaster NRK. TV 2 receives up to NOK 135 million a year for these services.

There is a specific block exemption for state aid for services of general economic interest. Compensation for such services is considered to be compatible with the EEA Agreement and exempt from notification to ESA if it meets certain criteria and does not exceed the net costs including a reasonable profit, for performing the services.

ESA has today concluded that the agreement between TV 2 and the Ministry of Culture meets the criteria in the block exemption. The agreement is therefore block exempted and the complaint is rejected as unfounded.

Read ESA's conclusion here and the letter sent to Discovery here

For further information, please contact:

Øystein Solvang
Head of Communications
mob. +32 490 57 63 53




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