5.3.7 Mass media
The statutory basis for the public radio and television corporations (financed mainly by licence fees) and the private (commercial) television broadcasters (financed by advertising revenue) is the Interstate Broadcasting Agreement concluded among the Länder. On the basis of this Agreement and within the framework of their responsibilities for radio and television broadcasting, the individual Länder have enacted detailed provisions in their respective Land Broadcasting Acts.
The legal framework for the new information and communications technologies is defined by the Telecommunications Act, which entered into force on August 1st, 1996, the Federal Information and Communication Services Act, which entered into force on August 1st, 1997, and the essentially identically worded Interstate Agreement on Media Services concluded among the Länder.
See also chapter 4.2.6.