Roch-Olivier Maistre proposed to the presidency of the CSA

End of suspense: it is Roch-Olivier Maistre who has been appointed by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron to chair the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA), replacing Olivier Schrameck, whose term expires on January 23rd. Announced Friday, his appointment must still be validated by the cultural affairs commissions of the Senate and the National Assembly.

This great clerk of the state unknown to the general public and the reputation of a very consensual man will have the difficult task of directing the gendarme of the audiovisual at a time when this authority is expected on the subject of infox since the law "fake news »adopted in November and, by some, on the coverage of the news of" yellow vests "by the news channels continuously.

His presidency should also be the moment of profound reforms, both in the private sector (liberalization of television advertising, etc.) and in the public (economies, governance of Radio France and France Télévisions ...). The CSA should lose certain attributions like the appointment of the presidents of the public service audiovisual but perhaps to win others, in particular in the field of the economic regulation.


Aged sixty-three years, general rapporteur and president of the Chamber of the Court of Accounts, where he officiates since 2005, Roch-Olivier Maistre is a specialist in culture and its industries, and if he has little experience in television and radio as such, he has been working on the public broadcasting reform for the current government in the framework of the Cap 2022 report.

He has been adviser to the cabinet of the Minister of Culture François Léotard between 1986 and 1988, general director of the Comédie-Française (from 1993 to 1995), or mediator of cinema (2006-2011). He was an advisor for education and culture at the Elysee, at the time of Jacques Chirac, from 2002 to 2005, before joining the Court of Auditors. "It belongs to these networks right that form part of the entourage of Emmanuel Macron and with whom the dialogue is fluid, even if his position as magistrate of the Court of Accounts gives it a stature of independence", says a connoisseur of the sector.

Recently, he was also the author of a report preparing the ground for the creation of a National Music Center, and worked on the reform of press distribution. Former student of ENA, born in Meknes, Morocco, he began his career in 1982 as head of the theater office at the direction of cultural affairs of the city of Paris.

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In recent weeks, it was more the name of Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, the current president of the CNIL (Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés), whose mandate ends in February, which was evoked insistently for the presidency of the CSA. But finally, she was named among the five "guarantors" to "guarantee independence" of the great debate launched by President Emmanuel Macron to respond to the crisis of "yellow vests".

In addition to the president of the CSA, two other members of the six that account the college of the institution are also renewed. The Cultural Affairs Committee of the National Assembly on Wednesday approved the appointment of journalist Michèle Léridon, outgoing director of information at AFP, replacing Sylvie Pierre-Brossolette. And it is up to the Senate Speaker to find a successor to Councilor Mémona Hintermann-Afféjée, whose term also expires in January.

Nicolas Madelaine and Marina Alcaraz