The parliament of the Dutch province of Noord Brabant has demanded that the public regional broadcaster Omroep Brabant should continue to broadcast on the Astra satellite for its DTH viewers.
Last Friday, all parties in the regional parliament accepted a proposal from the Christian Democrats (CDA) demanding the broadcaster keeps its satellite feed in the New Year. Earlier, the broadcaster had decided to drop the Astra distribution in order to save money.
In a reaction to the decision, Omroep Brabant’s managing director Gert Bielderman said he will stop satellite distribution unless the province is willing to give the broadcaster financial contribution towards the satellite costs, which amount to €350,000 a year.
At the moment, some of the Dutch public regional broadcasters are considering dropping their satellite feeds. L1, the broadcaster of the province of Limburg has said it will cease satellite transmissions.