“We need a strong public audiovisual sector”, assured this Tuesday the spokesman of the government Gabriel Attal, dismissing the danger of its financing and its independence by the abolition of the royalty proposed the day before by the candidate Emmanuel Macron.
“What we are proposing to eliminate is not the financing, it is the tool, that is to say the royalty, that is to say to make 28 million French people pay 138 euros, whatever their income, “he argued on France Inter.
“We need strong public broadcasting in a context of disinformation, in a context where the digital giants circulate information that is not always sourced, we need public broadcasting because it also participates in French creation", pleaded Gabriel Attal.
“We will continue to finance it, to guarantee its means, to guarantee its independence, to guarantee it visibility in the long term”, he added.
He mentioned the track of “a budget voted for five years”, from which “we cannot derogate”.
“We are making a commitment, that of preserving the audiovisual public service”
Emmanuel Macron pledged, if re-elected, to abolish the TV license fee on Monday during his first public outing as a presidential candidate.
A removal "consistent" according to him with that of the housing tax, one of the key measures of his campaign in 2017.
Candidates Valérie Pécresse (LR), Marine Le Pen (RN) and Éric Zemmour (Reconquêtes) have also announced their intention to abolish the license fee, some of them proposing to privatize part or all of the public media.
For the boss of LREM deputies Christophe Castaner, “there is a huge difference” with the proposals of Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour: “both want to abolish the audiovisual public service.
The President of the Republic is very attached to the audiovisual public service.
On the other hand, the TV license fee is a tax today which is unfair, it is an archaic tax, ”he argued on France 2.
“We are making a commitment, that of preserving the audiovisual public service”, added Christophe Castaner, specifying that the “3.9 billion will be taken from the state budget” and “returned to the French, to purchasing power” .
Since 2009, the contribution to public broadcasting has been payable by anyone subject to housing tax and owning a television.
Its amount is used to finance public sector TV and radio channels, such as France Télévisions, Radio France, Arte or France Médias Monde (France 24, RFI, etc.).
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