Television : France 4 gets a reprieve of one year, the clap of the end for France Ô on August 23 - The Point

Suspended for one year for France 4, the extinction at the end of August for France Ô : the minister of Culture confirmed on Tuesday that the youth channel woul

Television : France 4 gets a reprieve of one year, the clap of the end for France Ô on August 23 - The Point

Suspended for one year for France 4, the extinction at the end of August for France Ô : the minister of Culture confirmed on Tuesday that the youth channel would survive for services rendered during the confinement, while the a-chain of overseas leaves the TNT due to budgetary reasons. The project of law of reform of the audiovisual sector, developed by his predecessor, Franck Riester, provided the stop-signal TNT France 4 and France Ô on August 9, to make savings and invest in digital.

But the government had opened the door in April with a possible extension to France 4, the youth channel of France Télévisions, whose educational programs for the confinement have been recognized. Five days before the fateful date, Roselyne Bachelot has confirmed in a press release : the end of France 4 on channel 14 of the TNT is pushed back a year to ensure the "necessary transition" to the " growing power of the youth offer off-line by France Televisions ", that is, the digital platforms Okoo and Lumni.

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Clap end for France Ô

"In a context of health remains uncertain, the report of momentary closure of a string of programmes aimed at youth and that can be used to relay teaching complementary, appears desirable," says the ministry. The minister also confirmed that the clap of the end for France Ô, as of Sunday 23 August, despite the campaign promise made by Emmanuel Macron in 2017. A suppression of the channel 19 of the DTT, which must be compensated by an enhanced visibility of the overseas on the public channels.

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France O had succeeded RFO Sat in 2005, coming on TNT in 2010, to an audience in the metropolis. It employs approximately 50 people for a budget of 30 million euros per year. Its closure must not result in any layoffs, according to the ministry. The chain has periodically been in the hot seat : broadcasting programs products overseas, but also of sport or movies, she had weak hearing in the Hexagon, with 0.6 % of average audience in 2018.

audience share rising to 3.9 % on average in the departments of overseas, very far behind Guadeloupe, Réunion, or French Polynesia 1st, the public channels local, according to figures measured in early 2020 by Médiamétrie. This deletion is "intolerable," responded Tuesday on Twitter parliamentarians guadeloupeans (PS) Hélène Winner-Christophe, Victory Jasmine and Victorin Lurel. The delegation in the senate to Overseas has released a report in 2019 condemning the announced suppression of the chain, while pointing to " an editorial line fluctuating between overseas and 'diversity' by depriving it of readability ".

The union SNJ de France Télévisions, has condemned the closing

re-Elected in mid-July at the head of France Télévisions, Delphine Ernotte had indicated that in the absence of France Ô, there would be a "reflex overseas" extended to all antennas. As promised in its "Pact of visibility of the overseas" signed in 2019, France Télévisions has put online at the beginning of June, the digital portal " Outre-mer 1st, mainly focused on the information.

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The union SNJ de France Télévisions has condemned this transfer, noting that these efforts " of visibility can be nice complements to a string of full fiscal year on the national digital terrestrial, but not a credible alternative to it ". "I will be vigilant with regard to the application of the Covenant of visibility ", commented on Twitter the minister of Outre-mer, Sébastien Lecornu. Since its launch, the pact " helped to triple the audience for the programs ultramarins ", especially in the first part of the evening.

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"Thanks to this new programming, 4.3 million of French have watched every week at least one program ultramarin on France 2, France 3 or France 5," says the ministry of Culture. The channel 19 disappears, freeing up space to improve the quality of the channels Overseas 1st and France Info in france.

Updated Date: 05 August 2020, 01:33

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