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Reform of the Status of the French Audiovisual Media

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Once again, on March 5, 2009, amendments were made to the September 30, 1986 Act, concerning the status of the French audiovisual media. This legislative intervention followed the surprising announcement, by the Head of State, of his personal decision to eliminate advertising on public television. The loss of advertising revenue of 'France Televisions' (the public television corporation) should be compensated by fees paid by various private audiovisual and telecommunications enterprises. While advertising is gradually being eliminated from public television, its regime has been made more flexible in the context of private broadcasting. The March 2009 changes also concern the structure and the appointment (by the President of the Republic, instead of the independent regulatory body, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel) of the heads of the public audiovisual corporations. Given the repeated changes to the status of audiovisual communications in France one has to ask: why is this sector condemned to such legislative instability and does it need to be constantly subject to reform?

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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