Deputies defend France 4, still doomed to disappear

In the great Mira-go-round of strong emotions, has France 4 won just the second round right? Condemned to disappear in the summer of 2020 in June 2018, France Television’s youth channel extended its existence a year later, last spring, thanks to earlier imprisonment, it ensured educational continuity of elementary and secondary school students to some with success.

A few months away from disappearing for good, two depots here are running to help him. The conclusion of a “flash mission” intends to assess the youth offering of the public audio-visual service (France Television, Radio France, INA, France Medias Monde and TV5 Monde) to members of the commission on Wednesday 27 January Let’s present. Cultural Affairs and Education of the National Assembly, Deficit Béatrice Piron (La République en Marche) and Maxim Minot (Les Républicains) judges “This is a channel dedicated to young people, a valuable asset to public television”.

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Over 26 pages of his report, an argument is not advanced for months, but in vain, is not forgotten by defenders of the edutainment channel for children aged 4–14. While it was acquired by two previous ministers of culture, François Nissen and Frank Risterer, that children no longer had eyes except on the offering of private platforms, the raptors of this mission recall that “Linear television is, by far, the preferred medium for younger audiences”.

Complement with digital

BBC3 example – still a channel for young adults, no more Young audiences… -, should 2016 be completely changed to digital, following the direction of the process? Mme Piron and M. Minot note that“There is a public channel dedicated to young people in a large number of European countries”, While Italy and the United Kingdom also have two.

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Even minor, the disappearance of the France 4 channel was to contribute to the budgetary efforts imposed on the public broadcasting sector across the country. “The expected savings amount to only be 10 million euros – or 0.3% of France’s TV annual budget – against the expected 40 million euros.”, The authors of this express survey, which aim to evaluate carefully “Adequacy of resources dedicated to young people in the context of a rapidly aging audience in the public audio-visual field”.

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