French Government plans a 4% budget cut for pubcasters

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 07-09-2012

The French public audio-visual sector is about to be called upon to make savings with the Government asking to take 4% off the budget of radio and TV public groups between now and 2015.

Accorindg to daily Les Echos, the cuts would concern the global budget given to France Télévisions, Radio France, AEF, Arte and Ina and which amounted to €3.7 billion in 2011.

The initial move planned by French authorities was to reach a 3% decrease in 2013, before being more generous in 2014 and 2015.

Last week, France Télévisions Rémy Pflimlin asserted he was expecting public resources, which partly come from the licence fee, would decrease as of 2013.