Iâ€™ve had a crack at translating the article. Iâ€™ve done my best, but you people arenâ€™t paying me, so itâ€™s a bit of a rush job:
In the future it will cost more than 2,000 DKR annually to own a computer with internet access. This is one of the results of the media settlement.
More and more Danes watch TV on their computers. Which is why it will now be included in the licensing agreement.
That is the gist of the media settlement that wide majority in Parliament agreed upon this afternoon.
Licensing fees to rise:
The new media license covers all appliances capable of receiving picture programs and services, including computers and certain cellular phones, according the settlement.
The media license will be on a level comparable to the current color-TV license, and in the period from 2007-2010 it will follow the general price and wage increase.
Accordingly, it will cost an estimated 1,075 DKR biannually in 2007 and 1,130 DKR biannually in 2010.
In return, every license-requiring appliance in the domicile is then included.
Economically struggling senior citizens as well as the blind and the sight-impaired will still have the option of receiving a reduction in or exemption from the fee.
Victory for Plummer:
The new media license is a victory for Danmarks Radio.
The General Manager of the station, Kenneth Plummer, has argued hotly for an expansion of the license and has previously said, that DR stands to lose 30 million DKR in 2006, because roughly 15,000 Danes watch TV on their computers, thusly avoiding the licensing fees.
No to Annulment:
On the other hand, DR failed to achieve their desire to make viewers actively annul their license. As always, you still have to actively register yourself in the future in order to pay the licensing fee.
The question has been one of the deciding snags in the negotiations â€“ both the Social Democrats, the Radicals and the Minister of Culture, Brian Mikkelsen (the Conservative Peopleâ€™s Party) have desired an annulment model, wherein every household automatically pay the fee, unless they actively annul their license.
But opposition from several prominent Venstre-politicans [note: the right wing party currently in government with the Conservatives] has led to the suggestion being aborted.
With the settlement it is also established that DR must create a digitally combined Childrenâ€™s-and-History channel, as well as broadcast news in languages commonly spoken by immigrants and refugees.