French PSB broadcasters France Télévisions, Radio France, France Medias Monde and INA are set to be overseen by a newly-created holding group, France Médias.
France Médias Monde, the group in charge of French international broadcasting, comprises the news channels France 24 (in French, English, Arabic and Spanish), the international radio station RFI (in French and 13 other languages) and the Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya. From Paris, France Médias Monde broadcasts to the world in 15 languages.

Its journalists and correspondents offer viewers, listeners and Internet users comprehensive coverage of world events, with a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints via news bulletins, reports, magazines and debates. 66 nationalities are represented among the group’s employees.

Every week, RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya attract 176 million contacts (45% in foreign languages) including 129,8 million viewers and listeners (measured in one-third of the countries where France Médias Monde broadcasts), and 46,3 million users on digital environments (2018 average). Those outlets have a combined 65 million followers on Facebook and Twitter (December 2018). France Médias Monde is the parent company of CFI, the French media cooperation agency and also a shareholder of the French-language general interest TV channel TV5MONDE.

Outlining the audiovisual reform the French government is setting up for early 2020, minister of Culture France Riester said that in the public audiovisual sphere, France Médias would be run by a 12-member administration board, with one of them being named president, which would set out the global strategy. The new holding entity will rule over the financial means allocated to each broadcaster but won’t be in charge of programming and news. Each group will continue defining its editorial line.

France Médias aims to launch on January 1st 2021 but will embrace the financial guidance decided in 2018 that requires savings of €190 million across all PSB groups by 2022. The requested cost-saving strategy is mainly hitting France Télévisions, which must find €160 million over four years.

Regarding France Télévisions’ executive management, the reform will oblige TV regulatory body CSA to name a transitional two-year president to replace Delphine Ernotte Cunci, whose tenure is set to expire in August of 2021.

The restructuring aims to lead to one goal, according to the minister, to “create a strong public audiovisual sector, able to assert its missions in terms of education, information, culture, proximity and foreign action”, as well as better to adapt itself to be new audience usages.

Source: France Médias Monde

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