Radio France

Radio France is the French national public radio broadcaster. It’s a public limited company owned by the French State, created on January 6, 1975, which manages public radio stations in mainland France, several musical groups, as well as a record and music publishing label.

Radio France has its headquarters at the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique, a circular building designed by the architect Henry Bernard (architect) and inaugurated in December 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle, which stands beside the River Seine in the 16th arrondissement of Paris (France).

The Musée de Radio France was a museum operated by Radio France. The museum was established in 1966, and contained a remarkable collection of radios and televisions from their origins to the present day, including the 1793 telegraph by Claude Chappe and early crystal radios. The museum’s 2000 objects include prototypes and commercial devices, archival documents, photographs, and manuscripts, replicas of early radio laboratories and studios, and exhibits featuring research by Edouard Branly, Lee de Forest, Heinrich Hertz, Guglielmo Marconi, James Clerk Maxwell, and Alexander Stepanovich Popov. In 2007, the museum was closed to the public due to the renovation of the Maison de Radio France.

Radio France offers seven national networks:

  • France Inter — Radio France’s “generalist” station, featuring entertaining and informative talk mixed with a wide variety of music, plus hourly news bulletins with extended news coverage in the morning, midday, and early-evening peaks
  • France Info — 24-hour news
  • France Culture — cultural programming covering the arts, history, science, philosophy, etc. together with in-depth news coverage at peak times
  • France Musique — classical music and jazz

France Bleu — a network of 44 regional stations, mixing popular music with locally based talk and information, including:

  • France Bleu 107.1 — for the Paris-Île-de-France region
  • France Bleu Béarn — Pyrénées-Atlantiques
  • France Bleu Nord — Nord and Pas de Calais

FIP — specialising in a wide range of music – classical, hip hop, jazz, chanson, rock, blues, world music – and minimal speech

Mouv’ — urban music, aimed at a young audience.

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