More Advertising on Radio France – Commercial Radio Protests - Radio Intelligence

More Advertising on Radio France – Commercial Radio Protests

Organizations representing France’s commercial and independent radio stations have protested against expected proposals for allowing more advertising on public service radio.
Public service broadcaster Radio France is allowed to carry 30 minutes of advertising a day. This and other restrictions could be lifted in a proposal which would strengthen Radio France’s finances.
Commercial radio organizations are strongly against any changes. In a message to the prime minister Manuel Valls, the organizations claim that more advertising on public service radio would ”destroy the legitimacy of public service radio” while at the same time weaken commercial radio.
”This is an unjust decicion: Radio France doesn’t have a revenue problem, but rather management and spending issues. They benefit from more than 600 million euro from the license fee, which has been increased continually in the last ten years and is higher than the total income for private radio stations” the organizations write in the message.

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