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France and Germany to set up a joint TV channel

1988-1989

France and Germany declare their wish to set up a joint TV channel as a way to discover each other’s culture and  encourage European integration. At the 1988 bilateral summit in Bonn, President François Mitterrand and Chancellor Helmut Kohl express their support for a Franco-German cultural TV channel. Those within the French and German governments responsible for culture and television make public that they are considering setting up such a channel and for it to be based in Strasbourg. In 1989, Ministers Lothar Späth (German Minister-President and Plenipotentiary responsible for cultural relations with France), Jack Lang, (French Minister of Culture) and Catherine Tasca (French Minister for Communication) make a joint declaration on the principle of a Franco-German cultural channel.