Franco-German Arte TV to get more French funding
December 29th, 2010 - 17:30 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

The European TV channel Arte will be getting even more French government money next year, which has caused controversy. Created by the French and German governments two decades ago, Arte is funded by both countries and airs simultaneously in French and German. In France, the channelís audience is falling, leading some to ask whether the Franco-German taxpayers should continue paying Ä400 million ($524.7 million). In 2005, 3.5% of French TV viewing time was spent watching Arte. By last year, this number had slipped to 2.5%, according to the French TV audience measurement company Mediametrie. In Germany viewing time edged up, but to 0.7% from 0.5% during the same period.