Day J or the new public tele ision Commission, chaired by Jean- rançois Copé, who must now un eil its proposals to inance rance Tele ision without ad ertising. A ter ha ing worked on a progress report, it will address this critical issue in plenary session, with our major themes: the royalty, iscal resources, sa ings and other resources o rance tele ision. Under the pressure o a majority o the members o the commission, including the audio isual pro essionals, the taboo o the le y inally ell. According to our in ormation, it will now work on a scheme pro iding or an increase which is two old: a 10 increase 12 euros per year, which will bring EUR 235 million per year; and its indexing to in lation, within the limit o 2, what will 48 million. In total, i this scheme is adopted, this would translate to the taxpayer by an increase o 14 euros rom the ee, the amount would be thus increased to 130 euros. A real break, since the amount o the le y was irtually rozen since the beginning o the 2000s.
Moreo er, the commission proposes to integrate the royalty re enue assigned to the national Institute o audio isual (INA), in the State budget to 84 million euros, and Radio rance International (58 million). This operation will release this part o the charge or rance tele ision, or a total o 142 million. Howe er, the question remains open on the taxation o second homes, the cost o collection is deemed too high.
In total, by not playing than the royalty, commission Copé ound on paper EUR 425 million or rance tele ision.
Hostility o Nicolas Sarkozy
And this is not all: as announced by Nicolas Sarkozy in January, the commission will discuss a taxation o telecoms operators: it would deplete 1 o their turno er (EUR 42.3 billion in 2007), which yield EUR 423 million. The whole telecom industry would be a ected ( ixed, mobile, pro iders o access to the Internet, ser ices...). Jean- rançois Copé also proposes to tax 1 o the sales o consumer electronics, which brings 184 million, and to establish a ee or the use o radio requencies (291 million). inally, the pri ate channels would be properly taxable. The commission table a report o 50 o the rance tele ision ad ertising re enues that would go on the pri ate channels, namely an amount o EUR 330 million. It there ore proposes to tax at 1, which would pro ide 33 million.
The "taxes" pane is signi icant because it represents a total o 931 million euros. But it is not certain that all these le ies are put in place: tax on consumer electronics or the on telecoms operators are indeed legal risk under European regulation.
Jean- rançois Copé proposals still needed to be discussed last night by the group "economic model" o the commission and now in plenary by all the members. They should especially be appro ed by the Go ernment. With regard to the charge, Nicolas Sarkozy always demonstrated his hostility to any e olution o the widely unpopular tax...
Would in the meantime, put end to end, these resources bring EUR 1.3 billion to rance tele ision. Exactly the amount requested by the group to o set the loss o ad ertising and in est to become a "global media", as rightly ad ocated by the commission. or their part, unions ha e a ear, or the time being e acuated by Patrick de Carolis, President o the Group: the merger between the editors o rance 2 and rance 3. But public tele ision will also make sa ings: Copé commission expected producti ity o 10 o er three years, and synergies estimated between 20 and 30.