End of the audiovisual license fee: public television and radio stations on strike The antennas of the radio and television channels of the public audiovisual sector are disrupted today by a strike movement against the abolition of the license fee wanted by the government as of this autumn – in a broader context of fears, on the part of employees, for their future. Because of this strike, the music turned full on Franceinfo, France Inter or even France Culture instead of the traditional morning shows, while France 2 offered reruns of extracts from “Télématin”. Banners also announced the disruption of the antennas of the France 24 and Franceinfo news channels and of the latter’s website. Employees of France Télévisions and Radio France, as well as those of France Médias Monde (France 24, RFI, MCD), Arte and the National Audiovisual Institute (INA) were called to stop work on Tuesday by a large inter-union (bringing together the CGT, the CFDT, FO, the SNJ, SUD, the UNSA, the CGC and the CFTC). A rally is scheduled for noon in Montparnasse, Paris, for a procession towards the National Assembly. Other actions are planned elsewhere in France. At the origin of the movement, the desire of the executive to abolish the fee this fall, in favor of a current budget over several years. This measure was proposed during the presidential campaign by Emmanuel Macron, under purchasing power. But, for the unions and the strikers, it threatens the financing and the independence of public broadcasting. Amounting to 138 euros in Hewagon and 88 euros overseas, the fee only concerns households that have a television: the others do not pay it, even if they watch programs on their computer, tablet or smartphone. This resource has become all the more strategic since the removal of advertising in the evening and then in children’s programs on public service channels. The abolition of the license fee will result in a shortfall of more than 3 billion euros that the State promises to compensate with public broadcasters. But the trade union organizations of employees consider that the budget for public broadcasting “cannot be decided by the government and subject to the vagaries of the vote on the annual finance laws”. “He must have an allocated resource, guaranteeing his economic and political independence as much as possible in terms of information and cultural diversity”, according to a union leaflet.
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