Sunday, September 13, 2015

The license fee will increase to 137 euros next year – Le Figaro

This increase, to replenish public broadcasting, will add to an increase in taxation of Internet access providers. The Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, departs however the return of advertising on public channels after 20 hours.

End of suspense in folder of the fee. The government, which hesitated between an increase in the tax paid by households with a TV or a widening of his plate to bail out public broadcasting, finally chose the rise. The fee will increase next year of a euro, from 136-137 euros, as announced in Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Culture, in the Journal du Dimanche. “I proposed that the fee is limited to inflation according to law. The increase will be contained only one euro in 2016. This is the lowest increase since 2008, “she said.

The Minister said he rejected the idea of ​​a higher increase of around 4 euros: “We refuse it. Such a decision would have been inconsistent, the government’s policy, on the contrary, to lower the levy. ” Francois Hollande has indeed promised a tax cut of two billion euros next year, which should benefit eight million households. Fleur Pellerin also dismisses the broadening of the base of the fee to computers, tablets and smartphones, but not definitively rule out the idea. “It will wonder in the future on a more comprehensive reform tailored to these new uses,” she says.

“The private channels must have the ways to contribute to pluralism of information “

Another decision was made to bail out France Télévisions and Radio France: increase the tax paid by Internet service providers such as Bouygues, SFR, Orange and Free. This tax known as “Cope tax” introduced in 2009 by the Sarkozy government to finance France Télévisions to compensate for the abolition of advertising after 20 hours, reports each year to the state some 300 million euros. She will spend next year from 0.9% to 1.2% of revenues from Internet service operators. The government promises to allocate “sustainable way” to public broadcasting revenues of these 0.3 additional points. Remember, he had decided, last year, to gradually reduce the repayment from the proceeds of this tax Cope France Télévisions to stop completely in 2017. In deciding to maintain the payment of a mere fraction of that revenue to the public broadcasting, the government still risk incurring the wrath of some opposition MPs who demand full payment of the proceeds of this tax to the sector.

The Minister ensures that internet service providers do not reverberate this increase on to their customers because “the price competition is strong in this sector and the French easily change operator.”

Other news of the minister advertising will not make a comeback on public channels after 20 hours. The Minister shall give here due to the bosses of channels and private radio stations as well as leaders of the press who had written an alarmist letter to Manuel Valls few days ago, recalling the need “to preserve the balance of resources between public and private centers for television, radio and the press and not to change the advertising constraints of audiovisual public groups “. If Fleur Pellerin admits that the return of the pub after 20 hours “was a possibility,” she adds do not want to “destabilize other media.” Indeed, “the private channels must have the means to contribute to pluralism of information and creation, including the financing of cinema.”


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