Outraged by an incomprehensible move of a 'public broadcasting system', named 'ARD' that calls itself 'Das Erste' (= 'The First' - German TV channel network), the chairpeople of the respective soldiers' and reservists' associations, DBwV and VdRBw, have expressed their disgust about the ARD's 'pull-out' from Hotbird (Eutelsat) transmissions of German TV for 5.000 serving soldiers (incl. 400 soldiers of the reserve) at German HQ in Northern Afghanistan (Kunduz, Mazar-e-Sharif).
The VdRBw (German Reservists' Assn.) is going 'to retaliate': The association will not further recommend any broadcasts of ARD to members in their monthly magazine "Loyal".
Col. Kirsch, the chairman of the German soldiers' assn. "Deutscher BundeswehrVerband", who released a press notification, stating that "solidarity is now demanded" because of the outrageous and incomprehesible action of ARD's toward license fee-paying Bundeswehr personnel, has reprimanded this "bad decision as an especially poor signal".
Col. Kirsch:"If the transmission allegedly was too expensive for ARD, they should consider cuts in other sections of their budget. (..) The public broadcaster has the obligation of basic broadcasting provisioning - that also includes education, information and entertainment."
Providing only news from the daily news-show "Tagesschau" via Bundeswehr TV channel is not sufficient, according to DBwV and VdRBw.
Politicians of government and opposition have already lept on the band-waggon of reprimanding this 'dumb penny-pinching' for military troops far away from their homeland, in a dangerous, mostly hostile environment, who long for reliable information and infotainment of home.