It was one of the flagship measures of Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign in the field of purchasing power. The TV fee, often criticized by the French, will bow out.
“The contribution to public broadcasting will be permanently abolished this year and the financing of public broadcasting will be ensured in compliance with the constitutional objective of pluralism and independence of the media” indicated Bruno Lemaire, Minister of Economy and Finance at Le Figaro.
This is the number of households that declared having a television set in their main residence. This corresponds to 72.8% of the 38 million tax households (2017 figures). The increase in demography and the increasingly important rate of equipment have enabled the State to increase revenue by 25% in ten years.
It is exactly what the audiovisual license fee brings to the State each year. This is an average. In 2017, revenues amounted to 3.7 billion. In 2021, it was around 3.2 billion. The fee is actually made up of two financings: that which tax households pay and a share paid directly by the State (600 million in 2017) aimed at compensating for the exemptions of low-income households or certain disabled people.
It’s approximately the share won by France Télévisions on overall revenue, i.e. nearly 2 billion euros per year. Behind Radio France recovers 16% of revenues, France Media World 6%. TV5 and Ina take the remaining 4%.
This is the amount of royalty you will pay. Emmanuel Macron announced the withdrawal of the audiovisual license fee during his election campaign. If he was elected, she jumped. It is now done. Previously, this fee amounted to 138 euros.
You won’t pay a TV license fee from 2022. This was the great unknown of this measure announced by the President of the Republic. It is now official: from 2022, it will no longer exist. What about the financing of audiovisual groups?
On this point, the government wanted to be reassuring. We need strong public broadcasting in a context of misinformation, 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 justified Gabriel Attal, government spokesman, on France Inter. We will continue to finance it, to guarantee its resources and its independence.
It remains to be seen now how these funding losses will be compensated.