Frankfurt/Main (dpa/lhe) - Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) is assuming a deficit of around 44 million euros for next year - and, according to the director, wants to completely reposition itself. On Friday, the HR Broadcasting Council unanimously approved the 2023 budget presented by director Florian Hager, as the public broadcaster announced. Expenses of 597 million euros are planned for the coming year. This would be offset by income of almost 553 million euros. A declining interest rate level is assumed. "This results in a deficit of around 44 million euros under commercial law due to the provisions for old-age provision," the ARD broadcaster said.
The Chairman of the Broadcasting Council, Rolf Müller, emphasized: "In recent years, digitization and changed media use have received such a big boost with Corona, the change has accelerated so significantly that you have to consciously pause and look back to see the changes that have already been made in the to appreciate HR." HR is already working across media with a stronger digital orientation. It is important to continue these changes. "The HR committees will continue to support this in the interests of all contributors," added Müller.