>I don’t often focus on events in the Metropole, so it’s no wonder that I missed this tidbit from this past August.
Now, let me go on the record and say I don’t like Sarkozy and I doubt I ever will. I think he’s a slightly less offensive version of Berlusconi, and his cult of personality gets France press but actually hurts their international standing.
I also believe that his motivations have less to do with “improving standards and ending the tyranny of ratings” and more with helping his media mogul friends.
I am of the belief that a public broadcaster should receive its funding from the public (and in modern France, “L’etat c’est moi” has moved from the aristocratic to the “man on the street”) not from corporations, especially if it is one as comprehensive as France Televisions which has to represent a country that is pratically spread across the world and whose reputation has suffered by going commercial…at least in my opinion.
I also believe that he’s right to make up the shortfall with higher media/communication taxes. It remains to be seen on whether Sarky & Co. will follow through with the Euros needed to support quality programming.
I hope he will, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.