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Web review - 13/03/2015

Public broadcasting: between cultural obligation and economic necessities

More than a coincidence, it is a structural shift. In a few days, several reports and studies that question the missions, the funding and the management of public televisions were released on either side of the English Channel : France Télévisions 2020 : le chemin de l’ambition (Schwartz), Rallumer la Télé (Institut Montaigne) on the French side ; The Future of the BBC (DCMS Parliement) on the English one.

There is no denying the facts; despite numerous successful adaptations and programs, the public service does not manage to hold its breath facing the speed of the technologic evolutions and of the viewers’ behavioral change, while juggling with dwindling resources and still imposing requirements specifications.

Yet there is a huge economic and cultural challenge, as the public television contributes a lot to the audiovisual production’s investment and diversity, and to the promotion of their national culture. 


Schwartz Report for France Télévisions: the State demands more and better with fewer

After the CSA report (10th of December 2014), which evaluates Rémy Pflimlin’s assessment, the government sets the direction for the one who will lead France Télévisions for the five next years.

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BBC's licence fee should be decriminalized then scrapped, MPs say

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says that the BBC is not 'brave enough' and needs to do more original programming

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The government supervises the future of France Télévisions

The State enters the next France Télévisions President’s nomination process, supposed to happen before May 22nd: the Ministers Fleur Pellerin, Emmanuel Macron, Michel Sapin and Christian Eckert have defined, on Wednesday 4th of March, their versions of the public company’s missions by 2020, relying on a report commissioned by France Télévisions’ former Chief financial officer, Marc Schwartz. 

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Tony Hall: BBC needs political and financial backing to survive in digital age

In a speech on the corporation’s future, director general will say the BBC can either continue as standard bearer or sleep-walk into decay.

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Audiovisual sector: writing a report is easier than modernizing the profession

The very serious Montaigne Institute has abandoned for a while the very serious economic and social subjects to take an interest in the French audiovisual sector, which, according to it, did not manage to “adapt to the paradigm shift that the digital intrusion into the consumption models regarding audiovisual works represents”.

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A big moment for the BBC but not quite yet

BBC boss Tony Hall has outlined his vision of the BBC’s future including the idea of everyone having a personalised platform of BBC content.

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