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Can the CSA forward me of the advertising objects?

Not. The CSA, authority of regulation, does not distribute any advertising object.

For what is used the CSA?

What the CSA does

  • The CSA manages and allots the frequencies intended for the radio and television.
  • The CSA delivers authorizations, together with conventions, with televisions and the radios diffused by terrestrial hertzian way. It officially agreed or receives the audio-visual declaration of the departments of communication diffused by cable, satellite, Internet, ADSL, etc
  • The CSA makes sure of the respect by all the operators of the laws and the regulation in force and can sanction those which are in infringement.
  • The CSA has a power of joint decision (called “assent”) in the nomination of the presidents de France Televisions, of Radio France and the company in charge of the audio-visual outside of France (AEF).
  • The CSA takes care of the respect of the human dignity in the audio-visual media.
  • The CSA takes care of the respect of the pluralist expression of the trends of public opinion on the antennas.
  • The CSA takes care of the rigour in the data processing in the audio-visual media.
  • The CSA organizes the election campaigns with the radio and television.
  • The CSA takes care of the protection of the young televiewers and listeners.
  • The CSA supports the accessibility of the programs to the people suffering from an auditive or visual handicap and the representation of the diversity of our company in the audio-visual media.
  • The CSA takes care of the consumer protection. 
  • The CSA contributes to the actions in favour of the protection of health.
  • The CSA is charged “to take care of the defense and the illustration of the language and the culture Frenchwomen” on the antennas.
  • The CSA gives opinions to the Government on the projets de loi and of decrees relating to the sector of the audio-visual communication.
  • The CSA is qualified to examine the possible difficulties of reception of the programs encountered by the listeners and the televiewers.  

What the CSA does not do

  • The CSA is not a body of censure: it never intervenes with a TV channel or of a radio station before the diffusion of a program.
  • Even if it is attentive with the reactions of the televiewers, the CSA cannot, because of leading freedom available to radios and televisions, to ask to restore a removed emission, more or less to program films or variety programmes, less to repeat certain programs.
  • The CSA is not responsible for the implementation of the right of reply to the radio and television. Any person wishing to exert this right must directly address herself to the chain or the station having diffused the accused remarks.
  • The CSA does not carry out any survey or public opinion poll. When it is made mention, with the radio, television or in the newspaper industry, of a “survey CSA” or a “investigation CSA”, it is the institute of survey CSA, homonym of the Council.
  • The advertising films projected in the movie theaters do not concern the competence of the CSA.
  • The CSA is not in charge of the perception of the contribution to the audio-visual public (the royalty) which must pay to each year the owners of a television receiver. Any televiewer wishing to ask for an exemption of this contribution or to obtain information on the late penalties must thus address himself to the center of the taxes which it concerns.
  • The CSA is not responsible for attribution to the films of cinema of prohibitions to the minors. It is the Commission of classification placed near the National centre of the cinema and the animated image which of it is charged. 

I am student (E) and I would like to make a training course at the CSA. How to make?

You can send your application:

  • by email, at the address:
  • by postal mail, at the address below


Department of human resources

Mirabeau turn

39-43 quai André-Citroën

75739 Paris Cedex 15.

I make research on the audio-visual sector. Can the CSA help me?

The CSA can inform you on the legal framework of the audio-visual sector, on certain technical data as on the follow-up which he exerts on the programs.

But you can also contact the National institute of the audio-visual one, which publishes analyses relating in particular to the audio-visual heritage.

Is the CSA a critic?

Televiewers and listeners often reproach the CSA “for having wrongly censured” such or such program. Or “to have authorized it”. However, the Council does not practise any form of censure, because the law does not allow it to him, and, in addition, it is not its philosophy.

This belief however has the hard life. Does it remain because of the tradition jacobine of the operation of our institutions? Is this due to the memory of a television which was, at its beginnings, narrowly controlled by the public authorities? The social psychologists could tell of it us more, but what is sure, it is that many are those which still think that televisions and the radios must obtain a green light of the CSA for the diffusion of their programs. It of it is nothing.

France prohibits any censure

The law of September 30th, 1986 on the freedom of communication lays out, in its article 1st, that “the communication with the public by electronic way [by television and radio in particular] is free”. By this article, symbolically placed at the top of the law, France decided to prohibit any censure, i.e. any programme testing by the public authorities before their diffusion.

However, our country cannot grant frequencies – a public property – to operators without those being vigilant on the contents of the programs which they put at the disposal of public. The law continues: “the exercise of this freedom can be limited only in required measurement, on the one hand by the respect of, freedom and property of others, the pluralist character human dignity of the expression of the currents of thought and opinion and, on the other hand, by child protection and of adolescence, by the safeguard of the public order, the needs for national defense, the requirements of public service, the technical constraints inherent in the means of communication, like by the need, for the audio-visual services, to develop the audiovisual production”.

To make sure of this vigilance, the CSA, institution independent of the political power, publishes recommendations and deliberations which frame the presence with the antenna of the political personalities, the programs which could harm to the minors, the diffusion of advertisements, etc Moreover, he concludes, with each new chain of television and radio, a convention defining his commitments, in particular as regards contents of the programs.

A right to watch a posteriori

The chain is only responsible for what it puts at the antenna. On the other hand, the CSA has a right of glance a posteriori on what is diffused. If necessary, it intervenes with the chain if this one did not respect its commitments. It can then address him a letter of remark, a warning statement, a formal notice, even launch a procedure of sanction.

The CSA is thus not a critic, but an authority of regulation, intended so that the screens and French antennas are at the same time free and respectful of social peace and the sensitivity of each citizen. An operating process characteristic of the modern democracies which have it, for the majority, adopted since 25 years.

Are there stations to currently provide for the CSA?

All the stations to be provided for the CSA are announced on this site.

Consult the topic Positions of power.

Does the CSA take account of the reactions of the televiewers and the listeners?

With length of years, the thousands of hours of programs of the national, regional, local chains and chains of the cable and satellite are the object of a control on behalf of the CSA. It checks thus if the diffused emissions are in conformity with the laws, regulations and, the cases falling due, of the conventional commitments of televisions and the radios.
If it notes an infringement, the CSA into formless at once the person in charge. It also has a power of administrative sanction which is exerted after formal notice and which can go until the withdrawal of the authorization to emit or to diffuse. The statement of an infringement can thus constitute the first stage of a procedure being able to lead to a sanction, in the event of repetition.
You can, if you wish it, inform the CSA of a probable infringement. It will proceed to a checking of the elements thus brought to its attention.

The form to alert the CSA on a program.

Which are the powers of sanction of the CSA?

The Council has a power of sanction with regard to the editors of departments of communication audio-visual (radios, televisions, services of audio-visual mediums to the request, public and private), of the distributors of departments of communication audio-visual as well as satellite operators of networks. This power of sanction is exerted after formal notice (except concerning article 42-3 of the law of September 30th, 1986).

The formal notice is tantamount to warning and is likely to be addressed to the editors, distributors and to satellite operators of networks when a failure with their legislative, lawful obligations or upon their conventional engagements is noted.


More, consult the page devoted to the course of a procedure of sanction and to the range of possible sanctions.

I question myself in connection with a survey CSA. However, I do not find anything on this subject on this site. Why?

Indeed, there are two organizations which usually use initials “CSA”:
 - the Superior council of audio-visual, French authority of regulation of audio-visual, on the site of which you are currently;
 - and the institute of investigations and surveys CSA.
 These two organizations do not have anything to see one with the other. To obtain information on survey CSA, we invite you to consult Internet site of this institute.

How much does the president of the CSA gain?

The president of the CSA gains wages of approximately 183,500 € gross annual, that is to say approximately 15,000 € per month (in gross salary).

There are two parts in these wages: a basic salary which is of 83,000 € approximately (basic salary fixed by article 5 of the law of September 30th, 1986) and of the allowances of 100,500 €, which were the object of a ministerial decree published in the Official journal of the Saturday, February 2, 2013.

This is a formalization of an increase in the allowances which goes back to 2008. At the time, that had not been done in the form of a decree published with the Official journal but in the form of a ministerial decision.