Danish papers ask for more state aid

After MetroXpress and 24Timer received distribution aid of €2.3m each (see previous post) for 2009 and Urban will get €1m state support to develop its business (see previous post), paid newspapers complain that their ‘pot of gold’ is shrinking.

It is expected that also Urban – the paper ‘forgot’ to apply for distribution aid in 2008 – will get €2.3m next year, meaning that free papers will receive a total of almost €7m. Total available state support for distribution in Denmark is €44m.

The Danish Newspaper Association “Danske Dagblades Forening” asked Lars Løkke Rasmussen, the minister responsible for media to raise the total amount of distribution aid. (MediaWatch)

By the way… Danish papers have a 0 (zero) V.A.T. rate and are according to the World Association of Newspapers the most expensive newspapers in the world…

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