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France - Mapping Digital Media

France - Mapping Digital Media

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In France, the digital switch-over for television proceeded in a relatively timely and uncontested fashion, with appropriate support for disadvantaged households and an effective public awareness campaign. Digital licensing has also been generally perceived as transparent and fair. Media policy and regulation have also proved largely responsive and adequate to the challenges of digitization.

However, the new government faces a plethora of loose ends in digital media policy. It remains to be seen whether public subsidies aimed at regenerating good-quality journalism in both print and online sectors have been effective; there is a significant shortfall in the funding of public service media as a result of their reduced advertising quotas, and the European Commission’s rejection of a planned levy on telecoms; political support for traditional media in their plight against online giants such as Google may backfire if the latter carries out its threat to exclude their content; and public trust in the media is unlikely to be restored so long as entrenched links between political and media elites are maintained.
In France, the digital switch-over for television proceeded in a relatively timely and uncontested fashion, with appropriate support for disadvantaged households and an effective public awareness campaign. Digital licensing has also been generally perceived as transparent and fair. Media policy and regulation have also proved largely responsive and adequate to the challenges of digitization.

However, the new government faces a plethora of loose ends in digital media policy. It remains to be seen whether public subsidies aimed at regenerating good-quality journalism in both print and online sectors have been effective; there is a significant shortfall in the funding of public service media as a result of their reduced advertising quotas, and the European Commission’s rejection of a planned levy on telecoms; political support for traditional media in their plight against online giants such as Google may backfire if the latter carries out its threat to exclude their content; and public trust in the media is unlikely to be restored so long as entrenched links between political and media elites are maintained.

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FRANCE
COUNTRY REPORT 
MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA:
 
Mapping Digital Media:France
A REPORT BY THE OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATIONS
WRITTEN BY
Karolina Koc-Michalska and Thierry Vedel (lead reporters)Agnes Granchet, Christine Leteinturier, and Gael Villeneuve (reporters)
EDITED BY
Marius Dragomir and Mark Thompson (Open Society Media Program editors)
EDITORIAL COMMISSION
Yuen-Ying Chan, Christian S. Nissen, Dusˇan Reljic´, Russell Southwood,Michael Starks, Damian TambiniThe Editorial Commission is an advisory body. Its members are not responsiblefor the information or assessments contained in the Mapping Digital Media texts
OPEN SOCIETY MEDIA PROGRAM TEAM
Meijinder Kaur, program assistant; Morris Lipson, senior legal advisor;and Gordana Jankovic, director
OPEN SOCIETY INFORMATION PROGRAM TEAM
Vera Franz, senior program manager; Darius Cuplinskas, director
17 February 2013
 
MAPPING DIGITAL MEDIA FRANCE2
Contents
Mapping Digital Media ..................................................................................................................... 4Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................... 6Context ............................................................................................................................................. 10Social Indicators ................................................................................................................................ 11Economic Indicators ......................................................................................................................... 131. Media Consumption: Te Digital Factor ................................................................................... 141.1 Digital ake-up ................................................................................................................. 141.2 Media Preferences ............................................................................................................. 171.3 News Providers ................................................................................................................. 191.4 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 272. Digital Media and Public or State-administered Broadcasters .................................................... 292.1 Public Service and State Institutions ................................................................................. 292.2 Public Service Provision .................................................................................................... 382.3 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 413. Digital Media and Society ......................................................................................................... 423.1 User-Generated Content (UGC) ...................................................................................... 423.2 Digital Activism ................................................................................................................ 453.3 Assessments ...................................................................................................................... 48

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