“The privatization of public broadcasting would be a democratic, economic and cultural catastrophe” | EUROtoday

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NOTWe have been warned. If the National Rally had been to be approved by common suffrage on Sunday, July 7, this social gathering would ship the complete public audiovisual sector, tv and radio, to the only real regulation of the market. This can be a democratic, financial and cultural disaster.

Of course, it could be permissible to share the accountability for this nightmare with the legacy of the Macron years, which noticed such unhealthy blows. A miserable exclamation from the brand new president: “Public audiovisual media, a disgrace”, reported and never denied, shortly after his arrival on the Elysée, in 2017. Then the unforgivable abolition of the license charge, the one certain manner, nevertheless, to ensure the independence of the sector within the face of the federal government and personal cash, with the sustainability of its financing: no protected system replaces it. Finally, the detestable thought of ​​a merger of the businesses involved has arisen twice, underneath the fallacious pretext that on this case “unity would be strength” – when every thing reveals the other. But it seems that successive, unexpected occasions have wrecked this responsible challenge, underneath the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic after which the dissolution of the Assembly.

The time has come to cease lamenting the latest previous. If political energy has been capable of put together minds, via these marks of discredit, for such a foul blow, we should look additional again. By recalling the deep forces by which a welcome stability has regularly been established in France, on this space, on the coronary heart of democracy.

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Our nationwide historical past, confirmed by international examples, brilliantly demonstrates the virtues of a twin sector, one non-public, the opposite public. In the Thirties, Georges Mandel, an impressed minister, then answerable for radio, had already bolstered and theorized this opposition: financing by promoting on the one hand, by the nation on the opposite. Entertainment is a precedence within the first case, within the second an formidable provide of knowledge and packages, aiming excessive with out condescension.

The decisive benefit of competitors

The world battle and the “war of the waves” then justified a dangerous domination of public authorities. If the world of radio started to breathe somewhat within the fifties, because of peripheral stations, it was mandatory to attend for the arrival of the left in energy, in 1981, for this clean-up to be decidedly seen – safety was now assured towards the interventions of the facility in place by the airlock of an impartial authority. The technical developments of broadcasting multiplying the potential sources additionally contributed to creating tv capable of profit in flip from the competitors of two sectors. We now totally knew the advantages, the State being avoided the content material. Protection all the time fragile, definitely, from the second that, for need of an enduring assure, the danger of monetary blackmail was reborn (its shadow has simply resurfaced), however of which the workers and the loyal viewers at the moment are the efficient defenders.

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