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Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) acting director-general Sinisa Kovacic has called on members of the HRT Programming Council and the public in general not to reduce the subscription fee for HRT programmes to HRK 65, which is one of the seven terms set by the Bridge party for talks on its post-election cooperation with the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).

"I think (the reduction of the subscription fee) would not be good, not only because of HRT employees and those who make programmes, but also because of numerous financial obligations that are settled with the subscription fee," said Kovacic.

He recalled that money raised from the subscription fee was used to make payments to "the Croatian Composers Association, the Media Plurality Fund, which finances numerous small local radio and TV stations, the Croatian Audio-Visual Centre, which finances the domestic audio-visual industry, and finally the state budget."

Under the HRT Act, the monthly subscription amounts to 1.5% of the average net salary in Croatia and it has amounted to HRK 80 for the past several years.

Kovacic's temporary term as acting HRT director-general was extended by the government in late August. The government made that decision thanks to the votes of its ministers from the HDZ, while ministers from the Bridge party voted against, claiming that the Commercial Court was in charge of appointing the HRT's temporary governor after Kovacic's term expired.

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