According to a report from Reuters, the French government plans to impose a sales tax of 0.9% on telecoms operators and 3% on the advertising revenues generated by privately run broadcasters to fund the country’s public television service. In a speech yesterday President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed that public TV services would lose their own advertising revenue in progressive stages beginning 1 January 2009 and culminating in a total ban on advertising on public television by December 2011.
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