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Le Figaro - France | 07/05/2010

Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg demands return of politics into TV-Shows

French television doesn't broadcast enough political programmes and is dumbing down public debate, writes the former research minister Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg in the conservative daily Le Figaro: "Subject only to the law of the market and owing their livelihood to advertising revenues, the television stations practice a cult of the quota. ... Political programmes are broadcast at night or in the late afternoon and have correspondingly small audiences. Like showbiz stars, politicians are led to make a spectacle of their private lives, which are more picturesque and easier to get across than their activities or programmes. This inflation of the private sphere has helped put public debate on the back burner. The image has supplanted the message and the profile has replaced the project. Nevertheless it remains the case that without information there can be no democracy."

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