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The representation of diversity

Which is the role of the Council in the promotion of diversity?

Missions entrusted by the law since 2006

One of the missions of the Council consists in taking care of the representation of the diversity of the French company in the audiovisual programmes.

Article 3-1 of the law of September 30th, 1986 relating to the freedom of communication, resulting from the law of March 31st, 2006 for the equal opportunity, allots to the CSA the mission, on the one hand, of contributing to the actions in favour of social cohesion and the fight against discriminations in the field of the audio-visual communication and, on the other hand, of taking care, in particular near the editors of audio-visual communication, taking into account the nature of their programs, so that the programming reflects the diversity of the French company.

The field of application of the law

Article 3-1 of the law of September 30th, 1986 relating to the freedom of communication aims at the whole of the “editors of audio-visual communication”. All audiovisual aids are aimed by the legal tendency that it is television or the radio.

The radiophonic operators are concerned with the legal tendencies and must reflect by their programming the diversity of the French company. The specificity of the radiophonic media requires a reflection on adapted methods of assessment.

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Key dates

  • 2006 - Law of March 31st, 2006 known as “law for the equal opportunity”

  • 2007 - Creation by the Council of a working group on diversity and an Observatory of diversity

  • 2009 - Law of March 5th, 2009 relating to the audio-visual communication and the new public service of television

  • March 11th, 2008 - Creation of the Observatory of diversity in the audio-visual mediums

  • November 10th, 2009 - Deliberation of the Council fixing the framework of annual commitments of the diffusers