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Sunday 15 December 2019

Swiss willing to keep paying for public TV and radio – poll

A vote which is being closely watched across Europe is due to take place on March 4.

The forthcoming vote has attracted a lot of attention
The forthcoming vote has attracted a lot of attention

By Associated Press Reporters

A new poll suggests the Swiss are willing to continue paying fees for public broadcasting ahead of a referendum being closely watched across Europe.

The survey published by Tamedia group found 59% of respondents would reject a proposal to abolish the current system of financing public TV and radio stations.

The online poll of 15,197 voters, conducted on January 15, found 40% would back the so-called No Billag proposal, named after the company tasked with collecting the fee.

The survey has a margin of error of 1.1 percentage points.

Backers of the proposal say charging households 451.10 Swiss francs (£340) a year for radio and television is excessive.

Opponents warn it could imperil an important public service in multilingual Switzerland.

The vote will take place on March 4.

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