Television column: the broadcasting contribution in the empire

NDR has decided to send Xavier Naidoo to the Grand Prix in Stockholm. Because they don’t know what they’re doing.

This road will not be an easy one – for Xavier Naidoo and ARD. Photo: dpa

There are many arguments for rejecting the broadcasting fee – some more, some less astute. The classic is the accusation that they are compulsory fees because everyone has to pay them – even those who don’t use the Internet, television or radio.

And where there are disputes, especially about what people have to pay for, there are also lawsuits. There are now dozens of rulings on the broadcasting fee. In almost all cases, the plaintiffs failed with their demands to pay either less or nothing at all. The Association of German Property Users (VDGN), for example, has already filed two constitutional complaints against the new contribution, and both times the Federal Constitutional Court rejected them. The car rental company Sixt also lost twice in court.

But in addition to those who are suing, there is a second type of people who do not want to accept the contribution, but are not actually allowed to sue because they do not even recognize the German courts as having jurisdiction: the so-called Reichsburger. They reject the broadcasting fee per se because they do not recognize the Federal Republic of Germany and consequently do not recognize the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty concluded between the German states. Why? Because the FRG is not a sovereign state and the German Reich still exists today. We are living here, so to speak, on the territory of the German Reich, which is occupied by foreign powers. The 2+4 treaties have no validity.

Sounds confusing? Yes, that’s true. But perhaps Xavier Naidoo, who has been chosen by Norddeutscher Rundfunk as our country’s new ambassador, can shed a little light on the subject?

So, Xavier, are we free? "No, we are not free, we are still an occupied country. Germany has no peace treaty, and accordingly Germany is not a real country and not free." But the 2+4 treaties? "That’s not a peace treaty."

Yes, that’s how the conversation went back then on ARD’s contribution-financed "Morgenmagazin." Reichsburger, I can hear you rambling. Naidoo also liked to perform in front of them. Just what you do in your spare time.

Naidoo on behalf of the Federal Republic

Thinking a bit further, the question arises: Does Naidoo actually pay broadcasting fees? And how can he put himself at the service of NDR? After all, NDR is part of ARD, the consortium of public broadcasters in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Xavier! Did you hear that?!? THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC! That is this non-free, still occupied, non-existent state!

Mr. Naidoo, isn’t it time, isn’t it even already five to twelve, that you withdraw from your commitment?

"I don’t believe that Greenwich Mean Time is the right time, that the time zones are right."

Er, yes, Mr. Naidoo, all right. Didn’t you say that in Musikexpress before? Anyway. Good luck in Stockholm! The contributors are with you. After all, they’re paying for the fun.