“Do you know how much the state gives to French Television and Radio France per year? “. It’s hard to avoid the “rant” given by Cyril Hanouna on this Monday evening set Don’t touch my post (TPMP). According to the presenter, this amount will be about 4 billion euros, of which a large half is intended for France Televisions channels.
With a bit of demagoguery, the C8 presenter then moves on to a comparison with other public services. “With 4 billion, we can buy cars for the police, rebuild some hospitals, even increase the number of teachers and see what we can do in colleges and high schools.” “Make it all personal for me,” the host sings in his recordings.
It is quite possible to compare public services, we do not say otherwise. But Cyril Hanouna remains very vague about this distribution, which is confusing and ultimately only serves to defend himself against threats against his show.
4 billion euros. Yes, so the amount appears to be a certain amount. Emmanuel Macron would even say “Crazy dough”. The amount is correct: the recently abolished levy has saved the state 3.7 billion euros. After that, according to the 2023 financial law, the state pays about 3.8 billion euros to public broadcasting.
While France Télévisions gets about two-thirds, there are more companies worried about that amount. “The contribution of public audiovisual organizations to public audiovisual funds: France Télévisions, Radio France, Arte-France, France Médias Monde (France 24 and RFI), TV5 Monde and the National Audiovisual Institute (INA)” is explained on the public service website. France Télévisions also uses private companies, especially the producer Banija… including Cyril Hanouna and the shareholder. Therefore, it is difficult to imagine that the presenter is not aware of the usefulness of this funding.
Education, 20 times more than the budget
However, during the sequence, Cyril Hanouna compares the incomparable. According to him, these 4 billion should not be given to public broadcasting, but should be spent more on education, police or hospitals. Actually, why not. Public services are deteriorating, struggling to upgrade their staff, hire or rebuild their infrastructure.
What Cyril Hanouna forgot to mention during this sequence is that National Education represents the largest public budget, €55.1 billion excluding contributions to public pensions and €76 billion including contributions. According to François Ecalle, a public finance expert and president of the Fipeco association, it is roughly the same scale for hospitals.
In addition, the weight of the audiovisual is very low. According to figures from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the public service budget in France corresponds to 0.16% of the country’s GDP.
Criticism, no solution
“We can always say that we save money on audio-visual or any recording. But it was necessary to explain where we made this saving and what we financed with this profit, “emphasizes François Ecalle. However, no solution is really given in this order.
In a new explanation presented on Tuesday, January 17, still on set, the presenter also returns to a more specific example. “You know, I read an article that said it would cost 75 million euros to refurbish the entire fleet of vehicles for the entire police force.” However, according to an article on Motor1 [qui remonte à juin 2020]these are additional funds allocated by the state to the national police and the national gendarmerie.
Moreover, in terms of public finances, budget savings will never be linked to costs elsewhere, explains Francois Écalle. “Maybe we can declare it politically, but never legally.”
Furthermore, the sequence comes after a complicated year for public broadcasting following the abolition of the license fee. After that, it is replaced by “Transfer of part of VAT receipts”. According to François Ecalle, a common measure in public finance.
Indeed, in general, VAT brings a lot to the state. Almost 160 billion euros. “The state does not retain all VAT and allocates a portion to local authorities to compensate for local taxes that the state has abolished. He will say “I am canceling the housing tax for you in exchange for giving you x% of the VAT revenue so that it always brings in the same”. The same logic continues for the audiovisual sector after the abolition of the license fee.
However, legally and since the financial laws are voted in 2021, the State cannot decide on these measures ad vitam aeternam. “This serves to better regulate the allocations of the state to other organizations.” Especially for this reason, the share of the VAT product currently works until the end of 2024.
Hanouna takes out the oars
Finally, the sequence happened after an interview with the Minister of Culture Rima Albdul Malak in the columns of the magazine. The world Returning to the excesses in the TPMP program, he said, without actually mentioning his name, “When we come, in 2025, during the analysis of the balance sheets for the renewal of broadcasting permits, Arcom will look at how they have met these obligations,” he said. There is no doubt that Kirill Hanouna now feels in danger and tries to defend himself… finding new culprits.
Proof of this is that the host stepped back after the reaction of the President of French Televisions, Delphine Ernotte, on the sidelines of the “Televisionnaire” colloquium. Cautious, he felt that Cyril Hanouna went “a little too far”. “I know he’s a very public relations person, which he tries to do on his show,” she said. During his show on January 17, Cyril Hanouna will change his targets: the problem is not French Television, but Radio France.
If there is still a question about the usefulness of public broadcasting for all intents and purposes, we will leave the final words to Delphine Ernotta: “Cyril Hanouna is a great professional. He knows very well that public funding does not only finance French Television: it finances creativity, sports, and independent journalism.”