Tijanic: RTS on Welfare

''Since the subscription system has been ruined, it is better for the RTS to be funded from the state budget with the European monitoring system.''

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Since the subscription system has been ruined, it is better for Serbian Radio and Television RTS to be funded from the state budget with the European monitoring system, RTS Director General, Aleksandar Tijanic, says in an interview to NIN magazine.

Tijanic says that another option is for RTS as a public
service to declare bankruptcy in the early fall. "Right now, I cannot
see how we can meet the next payroll. The government is giving us
assistance in the amount of 1.7 million EUR a month, whereas our
salaries total 2.6 million EUR (a month)," he adds.
Asked how and when RTS may repay the loan, he replies:
"Never. Let (the Prime Minister Ivica) Dacic come and seize the
cameras."
"We could live on 80 million euros plus another 20 million
from advertising. With a curtailed production and a social programme
for about 1,000 people, we could even survive on 70 million, plus
another 15 million from advertising," he says, referring to the
company's annual expenses.
He notes that Serbia does not have this kind of money in
the budget to spend on RTS and predicts that budget funding of RTS
will "probably" be accompanied with some requests by whatever
government may be in office.
He maintains, therefore, that legislation should be passed
that would incorporate elements that would protect the security of the
company and ensure its stability.
Money must not come with any strings attached and its
route must be transparent, he said.