Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Authorities

CSA (Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel)

Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel

The CSA is an independent public authority established by the law of 17 January 1989 to guarantee the exercise of broadcasting freedom in the conditions defined by the law of September 30, 1986.
 The Act of 30 September 1986 constitutes the basis of its action. It gives the CSA  broad responsibilities, including the monitoring of compliance of pluralism and honesty of information, the organization of radio and television campaigns, the allocation of frequencies to different operators, the spectrum monitoring with regard to the frequency bands allocated to television and radio, as well as the regulation of broadcast content, ensuring respect for the dignity of the human person and the protection of children. In addition, the Council is responsible for ensuring  the defense and illustration of the French language and culture on antennas.
The Council was also given two main tasks: making television accessible to all, especially the deaf; ensuring the representation of the diversity of our society in the audiovisual media which must present an image consistent with the reality of France today and to fight against discrimination. To assess the policies implemented by the chains in this area, the CSA created a specific tool, the Observatory of diversity.
Since its inception, the Council has sought to take into account the evolving economic realities of the audiovisual sector.  The economic regulation exercised by the CSA relies on the anti-concentration provisions of the Act of 30 September 1986, on the opinions it gives to the Competition Authority or can solicit from it, on the settlement of disputes likely to arise in particular between distributors and service publishers.
In March 2005, accompanying the technological evolution, the Council has committed to the launch of digital terrestrial television (DTT). It was the starting point of the transition to all-digital broadcasting in French that continues today with the establishment of local television each day more numerous and arrival of high-definition, digital radio or personal mobile television.

Role and Missions
The CSA manages and allocates frequencies for radio and television.
The CSA issues authorizations, accompanied by agreements for television and radio broadcast terrestrially. It licenses or receives the declaration of audiovisual communication services broadcast via cable, satellite, internet, ADSL, etc.
The CSA ensures compliance by all operators of the laws and regulations in force and can punish those in violation.
The CSA gives its assent to the candidates to the presidency of public televisions and radios.
The CSA monitors compliance with the political and trade union pluralism on the airwaves.
The CSA organizes the official radio and television campaigns planned for some elections (presidential, legislative, etc.).
The CSA ensures the protection of young viewers and listeners.
The CSA program promotes accessibility to disabled people and the representation of the diversity of French society in the programs.
The CSA issues opinions to the Government on draft laws and decrees concerning broadcasting.
The CSA has jurisdiction to examine any difficulties in receiving programs encountered by listeners and viewers.

The CSA is composed of a college of eight members appointed by a decree from the President of the Republic for six years. Three of them, including the chairman, are appointed by the President of the Republic, three by the President of the Senate and three by the President of the National Assembly. The CSA is renewed by thirds every two years. The members have a 6-year term, not renewable. They cannot be appointed beyond 65 years. Their functions are incompatible with any elective office, employment or other professional activities.
During their term of office and for one year following its termination, the members are required to refrain from any public stance on issues which the Council has dealt with or related to the exercise of its mission. Pursuant to the provisions of the Penal Code, during the three years following the termination of their functions, Board members may not exercise an activity in a public or private company subject to the control of the CSA.

Members  appointed by the President of the Republic
Olivier Schrameck,
President until January 2019
Francine Mariani-Ducray until January 2017
Members appointed by the President of the Senate
Nicolas About
until January 2017
Mémona Hintermann-Affejee until January 2019
Nicolas Curien until January 2021
Members appointed by the President of the National Assembly
Patrice Gélinet
until January 2017
Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette until January 2019
Nathalie Sonnac
until January 2021

To  prepare the work of the Board, each member of the Board is assigned the presidency or vice-presidency of a working group or mission in junction with the services and is  Rapporteur to the Board at the plenary sessions.
To assist in the discharge of its duties, the Board has about 300 employees in Paris under the authority of the President and the CEO.
The Council services are organized into eight directorates for  televisual media services, radio media services, programs, legal affairs, studies, economics and prospective, european and international affairs, administrative and financial matters, information and institutional communication, a general secretariat for territories and sixteen metropolitan and overseas regional territorial committees.

CSA website:
CFS News: http: //
Publications CSA:
Legal texts:
Website of the Ministry of Culture and Communication:
Website of the Media Development Directorate:

Higher Audiovisual Council
Tour Mirabeau
39-43, Quai André Citroën
75739 Paris cedex 15
Phone: +33 1 40 58 38 00
Fax: +33 1 45 79 00 06