Public service

The media licence goes to secure public service in Denmark.

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DR is financed by licence funds and is the largest provider of public service in Denmark. Your licence – and everyone else’s – allows for television and radio programming as well as internet services that are independent of commercial, financial and political bias.

Without the licence DR could not run without advertising.

By receiving licence funds DR and other media are obligated to deliver public service – to inform, educate and entertain, while reflecting the diversity of Danish society.

One of the most central elements to the licence is the Public Service Contract between DR and the Ministry of Culture.

The Public Service contract states DR’s obligation to strive for variety, diversity and excellence and to present information factually and objectively.

In addition, there is the obligation to provide programming to the deaf- and hearing-impaired and to broadcast the news, programmes for children, Danish drama and educational material.

Programming must reflect the latitude in the arts and provide options that show the diversity of interests in Danish society – whether it be popular or eclectic. Our task is always to ensure quality programming and value for money to all audiences. DR’s current Public Service Contract for the period of 2015-2018 was based on the Media Agreement for 2015-2018.

If you wish to read more about public service in Denmark, please go to the Ministry of Culture’s website.

Facts about the media licence

The media licence was introduced in 1925. Back then you had to pay a licence when you had a radio.The rules have been amended since then and now include both television and internet access.

On March 16th 2018 a political agreement was made to gradually phase out the licence payment. This process will last until the year 2022, at which point it will be financed through your taxes instead.

This means that the media licence remains mandatory until December 31st 2021 for any resident in Denmark with access to public service broadcasting.