Review of French international broadcasting notes reduced audiences for RFI, MCD.

Posted: 14 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
At the French National Assembly Culture and Education Committee Hearing on 10 February, l’audiovisuel extérieur de la France (AEF) CEO Alain de Pouzilhac and DG Delegate Christine Ockrent provided information on the audiences and budgets of France's international broadcasting entities: Radio France International, Monte Carlo Doualiya, TV5, and France 24. Audiences for RFI and MCD are down from 2004 to 2009. See summary on separate page.
     "On 17 February RFI's website in English switches to a new format, which we hope you will find an improvement. Our French service and France 24 already use this format, so you can click to see what it will look like. You will be able to follow the most popular articles at all times and post your comments attached to the articles, meaning that this is the last feedback article, in ths form at least. The site should also be easier to find your way around and, we hope, please the eye with its presentation." Tony Cross, RFI, 12 February 2010.
     "An anonymous correspondent has some caustic comments on our French press review. 'The RFI press review may just get a few more clicks if the press reviewers weren't so busy congratulating themselves for their razor-sharp wit with every sentence they write. Perhaps it works better on air? Nope, tried that too. Just as self-gratifying. And let's not mention the choice of articles covered...' But Pakistani Qamar Yousoufzai finds our programmes 'very informative', while his compatriot Sirajuddin Nizamani thinks RFI in English is 'the very best' and wants RFI to start an Urdu service. He is not the first to make such a proposal but there are no plans for that at the moment, I’m afraid." Ibid.
     Botswana Television, facing budget difficulties, "has resorted to immediately airing freely accessible France 24." Mmegi (Gaborone), 12 February 2010.