Laure Calamy, Julien Clerc, Martin Solveig and around fifty personalities sign a petition against the merger of public broadcasting – Libération

Laure Calamy, Julien Clerc, Martin Solveig and around fifty personalities sign a petition against the merger of public broadcasting – Libération
Laure Calamy, Julien Clerc, Martin Solveig and around fifty personalities sign a petition against the merger of public broadcasting – Libération

A collective of public broadcasting employees and listeners asks the government, in a petition distributed on Wednesday May 29, to withdraw its “French-style BBC” project. Among the first signatories, artists and intellectuals.

While the examination of the bill aimed at merging the public audiovisual media into the entity “France Médias” was postponed a week earlier, a collective of “staff and listeners of France Télévisions, Radio France, France Médias Monde and INA” launched a petition to prevent this merger. Around fifty public figures, artists, trade unionists and intellectuals contributed their signatures. Among them, the DJ Martin Solveig, the trade unionists Sophie Binet and Laurent Berger, the performers Laure Calamy and Vincent Dedienne, the director François Ozon and the activist Camille Etienne. The petition has collected more than 5,000 signatures.

She argues that the dissolution into a single unit of these four television channels and radio stations would prevent plurality in the media, and would make their management unique. “much more vulnerable to attempts at political and economic pressure, to editorial interference.” The collective highlights the Italian, Hungarian and Slovak examples, whose media landscape is considered to be “threat” by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) for the first, and strongly “vulnerable to interests” And “pressures” policies for the other two.

This petition joins several voices already raised against the merger of public broadcasting, strongly criticized by the profession. The discontent of employees has also been strongly heard, with the multiplication of forums in the media (Libération twice, Le Monde) and a massive strike on May 23 and 24 at Radio France, France Télévisions, France Média Monde, INA and TV5 Monde. The National Union of Journalists (SNJ) announced on X a rate of strikers of 72% on Radio France on May 23. These movements also denounced the impoverishment of information and plurality in the media that this merger would cause.

The bill presented last March by Rachida Dati provides in its key amendment “a rapprochement in two stages”. After creating a holding company in January 2025, the public broadcasting companies will be purely and simply merged on January 1, 2026. “All property, rights and obligations” of Radio France, France Télés, France Médias Monde and INA – with the exception of Arte and TV5 Monde – “are transferred to the company France Médias” with effect from January 1, 2026.

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