France / Reform of public broadcasting

In recent weeks there has been much discussion in the French media about the future of public broadcasting. The word reform has been used. A project presented on September 3rd by the Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, should be adopted in January 2020.

It will create a new broadcasting landscape, out of which should emerge a new entity: France Médias. According to the pundits it will be “a BBC à la française”. The project will group together France Télévisions, INA and Radio France – while possibly terminating France 4 and France Ô. Both Arte and TV5 Monde will be allowed to maintain their autonomy.

But there is more: the CSA (Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel) and HADOPI will probably merge under a new name: ARCON.
Advertising may well become targeted, tailored to each consumer’s profile, as happens on the Internet now. Films may be shown at any time, advertising for films will probably be allowed. Small productions will receive the same pre-publicity as the majors. And finally, about 16% of the streaming platforms’ output will have to be French, against 10% currently.

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