The increase of the public broadcasting tax: a smart political maneuver based on a big fat lie

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The public broadcasting service (audiovisuel public) is a sector in crisis; there is no doubt about that. The financial difficulties it has faced over the last years, with Radio France employees protesting earlier this year against restructuring plans and refusing to work for 28 days in a row, have largely shown the desperation within the sector. The situation at France Televisions is not much better. Confronted with similar financial difficulties, the company is facing a challenging future and has recently seen its proposition to finance itself partially by reintroducing commercials until 9 PM, as wished for by the new director Delphine Ernotte, declined. Continue reading