France sets date for new laws talk

September 24 has been set as the date for France’s Council of Ministers to discuss the country’s new audiovisual package.
Discussions will centre on the public service broadcasting law reform project banning advertising on public TV; the decree transposing EU Directive Television Without Frontiers; allowing private networks to broadcast more commercials (nine minutes per hour instead of six); and finally inter-professional agreements to reform TV production obligations.

To be discussed and voted on during this autumn parliamentary session, the law project must be adopted by the French government before the end of September.

Meanwhile, the decrease of ad revenues this year for France Télévisions’ networks, following the announcement of the ad ban reform project for 2009, was compensated in early August. The PSB group received a €150 million capital contribution from the French State. This was agreed to by Brussels in mid-July.