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Latest update : 2008-02-13

Unions representing French state radio and television workers hold a strike to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy's proposal to ban advertising from the public broadcasting sector.

PARIS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Unions representing French state
radio and television workers on Tuesday maintained a call for a
strike for Wednesday to protest against President Nicolas
Sarkozy's proposal to ban advertising from the public
broadcasting sector.
 

"Fears are far from being eased and the need to be heard
tomorrow is urgent," the unions said in a statement issued after
meeting with officials from Sarkozy's staff  on Tuesday.
 

In a surprise move, Sarkozy announced last month he wanted
to scrap ads on public tv and radio, funding the revenue
shortfall with a tax on private channels and on newer
technologies, such as the Internet and mobile phones.
 

 Unions say the project has not been fully thought out and
warn that the state broadcasting sector risks losing funds and
audience share as a result.
 

Unions have called for journalists and staff from France
Televisions France 2, France 3, France 24, Canal France
International, Radio France, RFI and RFO to protest against the
reform.
 

Officials from Sarkozy's staff met unionists on Tuesday to
discuss the situation, the presidential spokesman David Martinon
said in a statement.
 

 Martinon said Sarkozy would address their concerns shortly,
adding that the advertising shortfall would be fully covered by
other revenue streams.

Date created : 2008-02-13

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