German daily Die Welt reports that the European Parliament has its own TV station, to be found here. More than 300 hours of broadcasting are planned for this year, translations are in 20 languages, and the costs to 2010 will be minimum 24 million euro.
Now all they need is... some viewers. Difficult to believe, we know, but hardly anyone is tuning in to the thrilling debates going on in the hemisphere. At the end of 2008 only 120,000 people had clicked on it.
Sarcasm aside - we think broadcasting what's going on in the Parliament is a good idea - that's what we do here in the UK, after all. It's just worth publicising all the hidden costs that inevitably accompany the growing EU institutions.