France Télévisions boosts factual policy
France Télévisions intends to strengthen its documentary strategy this autumn, with new dedicated slots launched on its various channels. The group has announced it will invest €82m this year into factual and documentary programmes, compared to €80.7m in 2008 and €79.3m in 2007.
Last year, France's public channels estimated they have financed 60% of French documentary production and 6,589 hours transmitted compared to
6,304 in 2007.
Relying on prime-time historical or science events as well as strong subjects, France 2 is going to open a late Sunday afternoon slot on nature and environment.
A new prime-time slot is also coming to France 3 which will cover social issues.
On France 5, documentary films are representing 50% of the schedules.