Françoise Nyssen, December 21, 2017 at the Ministry of Culture in Paris
With the major reform of the public audiovisual sector in the spotlight, eagerly awaited by the Elysee Palace by the end of 2018, the Minister of Culture on Thursday set five „priority projects“ for the sector’s bosses, called to be „again more offensive, more ambitious „.
President Emmanuel Macron confirmed Sunday that he wants to launch in 2018 a „great work of reflection“ on public broadcasting, believing that the system should adapt to the new uses of viewers, especially young people.
First step of this „reflection“: the bosses of the media concerned will floor until the end of January on these five „projects“ of cooperation, touching the reconquest of the young public, the international cooperations, with the offer of proximity, with a joint offer online and synergies on their resources.
All in a context of budget cuts, including France Télévisions to digest a reduction of 50 million euros from its budget for 2018.
The leaders of France Télévisions, Radio France, France World Media, Ina and Arte received on 21 December 2017 by the Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen
The leaders of France Télévisions, Radio France, France Media World (including including RFI and France 24), the Ina (National Audiovisual Institute) and Arte were received Thursday morning by the Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen, for present first lines of cooperation, which form the basis of the five projects selected by the Ministry.
In particular, they offer morning „slices“ common to France 3 and France Bleu or an „integrated digital platform“ focused on culture and associating their groups.
A rapprochement of networks of correspondents abroad is also envisaged, with the „creation of joint offices“ in five countries where RFI and Radio France now have separate correspondents (Beijing, Moscow, Jerusalem, Washington and Brussels).
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Ina and France Télévisions should jointly operate the future public service online video platform. Associated with Radio France, the two companies are also studying the creation of a common training center.
The minister asked them at the end of January for specific proposals and a timetable for implementation.
In parallel, in the National Assembly, „a tightened working group“ will also floor on avenues of reform of the audiovisual. Composed of a „dozen deputies“, it will meet from early January and should submit a series of proposals to the government in March, said Wednesday Gabriel Attal, LREM leader in the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Education.
These avenues for collaboration between public groups are the first step in the reform promised by Emmanuel Macron in his presidential program, which should lead to a law in late 2018, according to the Ministry of Culture.
Candidate Macron also proposed that the boards of public groups now designate their leaders in place of the CSA.
According to an interim, non-validated working document, which had leaked in mid-November from the Ministry of Culture, the government was thinking about creating a holding company that would bring together companies in the sector, as a kind of „BBC to the French „. A merger of France 3 and France Bleu was also imagined, as well as the removal of France O or the passage of France 4 to a 100% digital broadcast.
This working document provoked the discontent of the unions, who saw in it the risk of a destruction of the public service.