07 April 2020 – Established subsidy for media

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Type of Intervention: Industry interventions
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Level of Jurisdiction: National
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Overview: The Dutch Government has allocated €11 million towards a new Temporary Support for Local Media scheme.

The scheme allows local newspapers and public service broadcasters to apply for a one-off contribution of between €4,000 to tens of thousands of euros, depending on circulation and reach. For example, a public service broadcaster can get €6,600 to €16,500 if their reach was around 20,000 or 50,000 respectively. A local newspaper can get €13,200 to €33,000 for a similar reach.

The extra contribution is meant to cover a period of three months from 15 March to 15 June 2020. The policy is intended to ensure local communities continue to receive local news and information.

The Regional Public Broadcasting is also providing €2 million to boost regional and local journalism.

Additionally, the Government is extending the deadline for annual reports to be submitted by government subsidised media organisations from 1 May to 1 June 2020.
Full details here: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/nieuws/2020/04/07/extra-ondersteuning-voor-getroffen-lokale-en-regionale-media