On October 22, 2008, at the Council of Ministers, French Minister of Culture and Communication Christine Albanel presented a bill on audiovisual communication and a new audiovisual public service.
According to a press release, during her speech before the Council of Ministers, Albanel reiterated the public service missions of France Télévisions as described in the bill regarding audiovisual communication and the new public audiovisual service: “to unite, inform, instruct, and promote the fundamental values of our national community.” The obligations contained in the bill mainly address “culture, information, and French and European citizenship.” The press release adds that the bill also describes the mission of the new group tasked with external audiovisual “which must promote French and francophone culture abroad and broadcast the French perspective on current event around the world.”
Below is a summary of the bill’s major points. For more details, please consult the press release and press kit prepared by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The bill on public audiovisual reform basically revolves around the following major themes:
The French Ministry of Culture and Communications press release concludes as follows: “Minister Albanel ended her speech by underscoring the need to adapt our legislation and regulatory framework to an audiovisual landscape that has changed radically in recent years with the arrival of the Internet and TNT (Télévision Numérique Terrestre). Audiovisual production and financing must be reconsidered—
For more information on this bill, please consult the French Ministry of Culture and Communication press release and press kit.