Creation and status

The CSA is an independent public authority established by the law of 17 January 1989 to guarantee the exercise of broadcasting freedom.
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.


The Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel is composed of a Board of seven members appointed by a decree of the President of the Republic for six years. One of them, the President, is appointed by the President of the Republic, three  by the President of the Senate and three others by the  President of the National Assembly.

One third of the Board is renewed every two years. The functions of a member of the Council are incompatible with any elective office, public employment , and any other professional activity. They are neither revocable nor renewable.

In order to prepare the work of the Board each member, as president or vice-president, is responsible for working groups covering the main areas of activity of the CSA. Its mission is to investigate, in liaison with the services, questions relating to its field, to be the rapporteur before the Board during plenary sessions ans the privileged  interlocutor vis à vis the outside world.

To assist it in carrying out its missions, the Board has nearly 250 employees in Paris under the authority of the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer. They prepare the plenary session files, draw up the frequency plans for radio and television, draw up calls for application, prepare the agreement of service publishers, count the speaking time of politicians in TV news, news magazines or other brodacasts, check the programming od audiovisual and cinematographic works and their origin, analyse case law, monitor the TV and radio programs, not to mention the non-European TV channels broadcast in Europe by satellite an falling within France’s juridisction.

Sixteen territorial audiovisual committees, regional antennas of the Counci lin metropolitan France and overseas, also ensure that its action is adapted  to local audiovisual realities.

President  appointed by the President  of the Republic
Roch-Olivier Maistre

Members appointed by the President of the Senate
Carole Bienaimé-Besse
Hervé Godechot
Juliette Théry-Schultz

Members appointed by the President of the National Assembly
Jean-François Mary
Anne Grand d’Esnon
Benoit Loutrel


  • 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 violations.
  • 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.


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Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel
Tour Mirabeau
39-43, quai André-Citroën
75739 Paris cedex 15
Telephone: +33 1 40 58 38 00
Fax: +33 1 45 79 00 06