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France 4 sees its existence extended by Emmanuel Macron

Twice she almost disappeared. Twice, France 4 believed that its signal would go out in the heart of summer 2020 first, then 2021. To everyone’s surprise, the public service edutainment channel has just been saved from disappearance by the President of the Republic himself. “Animation and education chain, France 4 has taken a special place in homes, especially since the pandemic”, wrote Emmanuel Macron on his Twitter account, Tuesday, May 18, at the end of the day:

“I hope that it will continue its mission around two axes: youth during the day, culture in the evening, to extend the success of the Culturebox experience. ”

This news is as unexpected as it is excellent for Delphine Ernotte, the president of France Télévisions, who immediately thanked the president: “It is a mark of confidence for the public service and its employees, who work every day in the service of our viewers, rejoiced the leader interviewed by The world. We are very honored to continue this mission for young people and culture. “

Support creation and artists

Because by the way, CultureBox, an ephemeral channel intended to support creation and artists as long as cultural venues remain closed, launched on 1er February on TNT, is also guaranteed to last. “CultureBox was a tipping point”, we explain to France Televisions. 1er May, when the cultural channel had to return channel 19 that it had occupied until then to settle (in the evening only) on channel 14 occupied by France 4, this new provisional solution (called to cease on 1er August) seemed to make enough sense to be perpetuated.

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Since the announcement of the end of its hertzian broadcasting, pronounced in June 2018 by Françoise Nyssen, then Minister of Culture, France 4 may have aroused messages of support and protests from the French animation industry, nothing has happened. seemed to be able to prevent it from being sacrificed on the altar of savings demanded from public service.

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Maintain a linear public service offer, free and available throughout the territory

Its express transformation into an educational channel, during the first confinement, had allowed it to obtain a reprieve: instead of passing away in August 2020, at the same time as France Ô, it had been extended for a year. In January, a “flash mission” led by two deputies had recalled its necessity. ” Linear television remains, by far, the preferred medium for young audiences ”, reminded the elected officials, who stressed the interest of maintaining a linear public service offer, free and available throughout the territory and without public, for the youngest.

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