VRT to save 22 million euros by 2015

The Flemish National Broadcast (VRT) will have to save 22 million euros by next year as a result of the Flemish government budget cuts. By 2019, this amount will rise to 37 million euros. 7 per cent of the government funding for the public broadcaster will be scrapped in 2015, rising to 12 per cent by 2019. “This will require a huge effort, but it doesn’t mean that the VRT will become a niche-broadcaster”, states culture minister Sven Gatz.

Flemish culture minister Sven Gatz has clarified the decisions made in the Flemish coalition agreement. During the so-called ‘September declaration’, it became obvious that all government institutions will have to save a lot money. Next Monday, the VRT board of directors will discuss the impact of the budget cuts.

“The VRT will have to put in a lot of effort during the next coming year, but afterwards, the situation should ease up. The Flemish government and the VRT are working together to see whether we can soften the difficult start. This doesn’t mean that the VRT will become a niche-broadcaster”, according to Sven Gatz.