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French budget boosts funding for pubcasters

As part of its 2017 budget, the French government will increase the license fee that the public pays for the country's public broadcasters, France Télévisions and Arte. (Pictured: Minister of Finance Michel Sapin)
September 29, 2016

France is increasing support for France Télévisions and Arte.

As part of its 2017 budget, the French government has proposed increasing the license fee that the public pays for the country’s public broadcasters by €2 (US$2.24) to €139 ($156).

The move will result in an additional €63 million ($70.7 million) per year for the TV nets, Le Figaro reports.

France Télévisions and Arte are expected to receive an additional €48 million ($53.9 million), of which €30 million ($33.7 million) will be invested in original content.

Overall, France Télévisions will see a funding boost of 1.6%, or €37 million ($41.5 million), while Arte will get a €10 million ($11.2 million) injection.

The National Center of Cinematography and the Moving Image (CNC) is also getting a budget increase. The government is giving the film funding body a 5% boost, or €35 million ($39.2 million).

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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