On Wednesday the 24th of October, the French government unveiled the reform project for the public radio and television.
Among the announcements made by the Minister of Culture, Franck Riester: the creation of a holding company, which would gather Radio France, France·TV, France Médias Monde (RFI + MCD + France 24) and the INA (the radio and television archive repository) starting from 2021.
Riester stated that each of these four entities will keep its editorial power of decision; the holding company would only be in charge of allocating the budget to each entity (I'd argue that budget can actually have an impact on content, though) and of other mutualizeable functions such as formation and advertising management.
The proposed holding company's name would be "France Médias". The French state would hold a minority stake in France Médias' board of directors. It would be the first time that French public radio and tv would be placed under the same umbrella since the dislocation of the ORTF in 1975.
Arte France, La Chaîne Parlementaire, Public Sénat and TV5 Monde will not be part of this holding company. In the past few weeks, Arte employees and executives, who are attached to the channel's independent stance and French-German perspective, had expressed their fear of being integrated into a French public media group.
Another announcement was the change in the entity presidents' designation process. Whereas they are currently designated by the CSA (the French equivalent of Ofcom when it comes to tv and radio), they would be chosen by the entities' boards of directors under the proposed reform (it is possible that the CSA will keep a right of vetoing).
The reform project will likely be submitted to the Parliament in the first half of 2020.
News articles, in French:
This is the neeeewwwws!!
WW Update and London Lite gave kudos