Danish TV Group Owes Money To EC

The European Commission last Wednesday ordered Danish public television broadcaster TV2 to repay $101.4 million, plus interest, in government subsidies.

BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Wednesday ordered Danish public television broadcaster TV2 to repay $101.4 million, plus interest, in government subsidies.

The commission says the subsidies had to be reimbursed because they exceeded what was legally acceptable for government support of public broadcasters.

The Danish government had provided the aid from 1995-2002 to help the broadcaster fulfill its public service obligations. EU law allows government subsidies to broadcasters operating as public services, but the aid must not affect the level playing field of private companies running without state backing.
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