This is one hand Farce and at the same time Extortion at the highest level.
Yes, it's okay if ARD and ZDF want to save. However, they should start with the felt 1000 branch channels. Finally, high rents for satellite and antenna frequencies are incurred. In addition, the personnel and administrative costs are very high.
For the most part, the program of ONE, ZDFneo, Tagesschau24, ARDalpha and Co. consists of repetitions. If exactly these fly out of the program and transmitters are merged, you can save money - without having to raise broadcasting fees.
Who the old episodes of "Lindenstraße", "Soko Stuttgart" or "Sturm der Liebe" wants to see should get the DVD or search the Internet. No broadcasting fees have to be paid for this.