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Presentation of the Council

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Today, the Council counts nearly 300 collaborators in Paris placed under the authority of the president and the chief executive officer. They prepare the files of the plenary sessions, draw up the plans of frequencies for the radio and television, write the calls to the candidatures, study the conventionality of the editors of services, deduct the speaking times of the political personalities, check the programming of audio-visual and cinematographic works and their origin, ensure the follow-up of the programs of the TV channels and the radio stations, without forgetting the extracommunity chains falling within the competence of France because of their diffusion in Europe by the satellites of Eutelsat.

The Council has an annual budget of approximately 39 million euros, which little more half is devoted to the personnel expenditure.

The sixteen territorial committees of audio-visual of metropolis and overseas, regional antennas of the Council, ensure the prolongation and the adaptation of its action local audio-visual realities.

The Council devotes a very detailed attention to the precise and explicit motivation of its decisions. In the respect of the principle of contradictory, those are adopted at the end of a meticulous instruction of the files, and often preceded by hearing by the organizations or companies concerned. They can be the object of equitable relief or recourse in front of the Council of State.

The Council is addressed very regularly to the professionals and to the general public, thanks to its website exposing the whole of its activities and to various publications or conferences. He publishes an annual report addressed to the President of the Republic, to the Government and the Parliament, as well as other reports, periodicals or not, which are required of him.

Interface between the audio-visual mediums and the French, the Council corresponds regularly with the public, receiving each month several hundreds of emails, letters and phone calls. The expression of the dissatisfaction or the satisfaction of the users constitutes an essential indicator in the exercise of the regulation, and the Council considers that it concerns its action of mediation to sensitize the TV channels and the radio stations with the reactions, positive or negative, of the televiewers and the listeners.

Turned towards the future, the Council realizes, makes realize or brings up to date each year of many studies, within the framework of a permanent reflection on the state and the prospects for evolution for audio-visual in France and in the world. In order to define the main roads of this reflection, it created a commission of prospective reflection which gathers the whole of the college.

The administration of the Council ensures, under the authority of the president and the chief executive officer, the preparation and the execution of the deliberations of the Council.

The secretariat of the college in particular ensures, near the chief executive officer, the preparation of the agendas of the plenary assemblies, working of the files of the meetings, the drafting of the official reports and the organization of hearings.

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Key dates

  • January 23rd, 2013 - Nomination of Olivier Schrameck to the presidency of the CSA

  • January 24th, 2007 - Nomination of Michel Boyon to the presidency of the CSA

  • January 17th, 2001 - Nomination of Dominique Baudis to the presidency of the CSA

  • January 23rd, 1995 - Nomination of Hervé Bourges to the presidency of the CSA

  • February 13th, 1989 - Installation of the CSA, which Jacques Boutet chairs, by the President of the Republic