Employees of the German public television channel ARD count on staggering bonuses – high salaries and a huge pension. What they are made of, told the journalists of the tabloid Bild. FBM.
These bonuses consist of 18.36 euros of the mandatory monthly TV broadcast fee in Germany, of which 12.78 euros (69.61%) goes to ARD content alone. On average, 9.31% of this amount goes to the “ARD company pension scheme”, according to the company’s report.
For comparison, 25 cents in Germany are allocated to the television channel Tagesschau. A ridiculous 34 cents is spent on science and culture in the country, and 74 cents on sports programs.
In total, ARD for 2022 has allocated 564 million euros not to the development of the channel, but to the payment of the pensions of its former employees.
Bild also paid attention to the salaries of the chain’s senior management. Thus, the annual salary of ARD director Kai Gniffke for 2021 amounts to 361 thousand euros, or 30,083 euros per month.
At the same time, the average salary in Germany in 2022 was 4,105 euros before taxes. In other words, Gniffke’s income, funded by the country’s taxpayers, is more than seven times the average salary of an ordinary German.
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