Broadcast plans give French overseas territories greater visibility

Journalists] and CFTC [French Confederation of Christian Workers] trade unions at Reseau France Outre-Mer (RFO [French Overseas Network], part of the France Télévisions group) were delighted on Tuesday [10 November] at Nicolas Sarkozy’s announcement that the France O channel, currently free-to-view locally via digital terrestrial television in Ile-de-France, would be broadcast across the country.

“This political decision legitimates the national status of the France O editorial staff,” the unions wrote in a statement. They stressed the “vital role” the channel plays in what is offered by France Télévisions.

After the first inter-ministerial council on the overseas territories on Friday [6 November], the president of the republic announced that France O would be broadcast nationally throughout French territory from 2010 in a bid to enhance the visibility of the overseas territories within national TV provision.

France O, a channel of the publicly-owed France Télévisions group, is currently free-to-view via digital terrestrial television in Ile-de-France and available nationally via cable, ADSL or satellite.