German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are paying Vodafone €100 million in carriage fees as part of the recently reached settlement regarding a new contract for the cable distribution of their channels, ending a long-standing legal dispute.
The figure is unveiled in the financial report of UK parent company Vodafone Group for the 2017/18 financial year. In the press release from Vodafone Deutschland, this item is referred to as “Compensation payments from the settlement of a legal dispute concerning carriage of public broadcasters”, but the amount is not specified.
Last week it became known that ARD pays Unitymedia €31.2 million as part of the new carriage agreement. The cable operator has not yet reached a settlement with ZDF.