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IRIS 1995-10:12/22

France

Study on Violence on Television

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European Audiovisual Observatory

documents or other texts are available yet. The French Media Authority, the Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel, has published a study on violence on television. The study, titled 'la représentation de la violence dans la fiction à la télévision en France' is the result of an analysis of the programmes of TF1, France 2, France 3 and M6 in April 1994. The study shows that every hour of television broadcasts contains on avarage 2.09 sequences of 'criminal actions' and 9.5 violent acts (crime and aggression). The study concludes that 40% of the criminal and violent acts are to be seen on M6; this figure is 70% for the commercial channels. The CSA points out that especially American series on these channels are responsible for these numbers.

References
La représentation de la violence dans la fiction à la télévision en France - Une semaine de programmes de fiction examinés à la loupe. La Lettre du CSA, October 1995, No 73: 1-4.
  CSA, Study on violence on television.