“For the past ten years, the content of public channels has not ceased to be closer to that of private channels “

Forum. It has been almost ten years, Serge Regourd, professor of law at the university of Toulouse Capitole, signed a book whose title, To the end of public television ? (ed Attribute, 2008), sounded like a warning. Today, the situation is more than critical, as we witnessed by the recent controversy concerning the reduction of emissions of investigation, but also the words of Emmanuel Macron which, though virulent, contain an undeniable truth.

“Pass a cultural programme on a commercial chain in 20: 30, it is an economic crime ! “Patrick Le Lay, boss of TF1

Patrick Le Lay, head of TF1, wrote thirty years ago in the newspaper Libération that ” pass a cultural programme on a commercial chain in 20: 30, it is an economic crime ! This is when even the State to bring the culture, not the industrial “. He had been castigated for writing in a collective work (The French Leaders and change, 2004), that ” our programs are designed to make the brain of the viewer that is available : that is to say, to entertain, to relax to prepare it between two messages (advertising) “.

He did not, however, enunciate a truth, certainly cynical, but it had the merit of being frank. The funding by the taxpayer of public service broadcasting must, therefore, allow the citizen-viewer can be offered a diversity of sources of information and types of programs.

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The reform initiated in 2008 by French president Nicolas Sarkozy on the removal of the advertising after 20 hours was based on the principle that the advertising was detrimental to the quality of the content of the programs. Force is however to note that, over the past ten years, the content of the programmes on the public channels has been closer to that of private channels.

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