4.2.3 Cultural/creative industries: policies and programmes
By virtue of a cooperation agreement on radio and television signed with Italy, the Italian government and RAI assist San Marino RTV through technical and editorial financing and support. Additional contributions are provided by the State of San Marino. Revenues from the selling of advertising space, together with other revenues, enable the company to manage and improve its structure. For the time being, there are no other means of support. Technical negotiations were held between San Marino and Italy to define the future implementation of the 1987 Agreement on radio-television cooperation, and its possible adjustment on the basis of the technological and telecommunication innovations, also in view of the introduction of the digital terrestrial television. At the end of 2010, a preliminary Agreement was signed between the San Marino Broadcasting Company (E.RA.S) and the European satellite provider Eutelsat. This Agreement, in force since Spring 2011, marks the first step towards the use of two satellite channels by the San Marino Broadcasting Company. This represents an occasion to better promote the country, which exploits satellite and 3D technologies to present the image, values and opportunities, including economic, offered by San Marino in a vary large context, also beyond Europe. The new television programming draws inspiration from the identity values of the Republic. At the same time, as provided for in the framework Agreement on radio and television collaboration between San Marino and Italy, a technical Agreement was signed. Through the installation of repeaters on the Italian territory, this Agreement enables the catchment area of San Marino RTV to be extended to Emilia Romagna, Marche and part of Veneto. These regions are directly reached by the digital signal of San Marino RTV.
Newspaper companies complain that the 1998 Law is inadequate as there are no instruments which would guarantee autonomy, safeguard and / or ensure transparency. The main problem concerns financing and public incentives. Support is provided up to 7% of the publishing expenditures on printing, purchase of paper and maintenance of equipment, but does not cover additional expenditures. Article 7 of the 1998 Law refers to annual amounts which are to be paid by the State, for administration needs, to purchase advertising space in local media. However, this provision has never been applied. Moreover, the Law envisages a 30% contribution to the news service provided by the main press agencies: however, because of the very high costs of obtaining information from news agencies, information is generated on the basis of bulletins and press releases coming directly from the interested persons.