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Digital radio: “France leaves late, but not too. ” Nicolas Curien with the Living room of the Radio of the Indian Ocean

Publication date: Monday, April 9, 2018

N.Curien_Salon of Radio_Réunion

Thursday, April 5, 2018 took place the second and last day of Living room of the Radio and digital convergence with Saint Denis of Réunion. Nicolas Curien, in charge of the presidency of the CSA, there intervened in videoconference to mention the question of the radio operator media vis-a-vis the digital transition.


From Paris to Réunion one prepares the digital transition

Thursday at 14:00 local time, since the 18th stage of the Mirabeau Tower in full heart of the 15th Parisian district, the glances turned to the island of Réunion, where were held the 3rd Living room of the Radio and digital convergence.

In the small room of Parisian videoconference, silence is done in waiting of the connection. Finally the signal is launched and the first noises testifying to the enthusiasm of the public from Réunion fill up the part.

With 10.000km of variation, the journalist Emmanuelle Haggai presenter of the conference “the radio operator media vis-a-vis the digital transition” and Nicolas Curien, in charge of the presidency of the CSA, begin their exchanges by screen then interposed.

The set of themes of the day is the occasion To advise it of the CSA to present the strategy of the Council for the deployment of Usually + in France.


Deployment of Usually + in France: a contribution and not a substitution

After having briefly recalled his course of economist passed in many public institutions and policies, Nicolas Curien reassured the public on the changes to come with the passage to the digital radio: “it is not the end of the radios, it is their rejuvenation! ” he declared, “the new uses do not replace old, they are added to it. ». The Advisor thus got busy to explain that the digital one should not be seen like the enemy, that it is certainly a competitor but must especially become a partner.

He also recalled that, contrary on arrival of the DVB in France, Usually + does not take the place of FM but comes to be added to it.

Emmanuelle Haggai then questioned Mr. Curien on the relative delay taken by France in the field of the digital radio. This last thus presented the various European projections in the field before explaining why “France leaves late, but not too late”.

The United Kingdom, Germany and Norway used of different strategies: a departure earlier but slower development, fast action but limited use of the radio operator groups, geographically reduced territorial cover, etc the French strategy of the arcs and nodes (to privilege the large metropolises and the motorway axes to ensure a broad cover quickly) has the characteristic to include as of the first stages of the deployment more a large number of actors. Indeed, the objective of the current plan over 3 years is to reach 70% of cover of the metropolitan population in 2020.


The digital one like tool of convergence

The student journalists of the Studio School of the Indian Ocean (Studec) could put their questions to Nicolas Curien, questioning it in particular about the risk of insulation of the rural, precarious or old populations in Metropolis as about the island of Réunion, which had at the end of the hertzian one.

The advisor thus pointed out that “impact strength was a major stake of the digital transition” and that it was necessary to preserve standards of access to hertzian to guarantee a phase of sufficiently long transition and a good use of the new tools.

Nicolas Curien also pointed out that the hybridization of the contents and the formats of diffusion permitted by the digital one would be increasingly widespread so that “those are complementary rather than they are not cannibalisent”; it illustrated this example with the project now set up of the France Info chain: who combines a TV channel, broadcasting and a platform on Internet.

After one hour of exchanges, Mario Lechat, President of the Trade union of the professionals of Audio-visual Inhabitant of Réunion (SPAR) organizing of the Living room cordially thanked Nicolas Curien for his participation, expecting impatiently the arrival of Usually + in Overseas.



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