France Culture

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France Culture
France Culture logo.png
City of license Paris
Broadcast area France
Slogan "Et tout s'éclaire"
Frequency 93.5 MHz (Paris)
99.0 MHz (Marseille)
94.1 MHz (Lyon)
First air date 1946
Format Culture, Info, Classical
Language(s) French
Former callsigns Chaîne nationale (1946–1958)
France III (1958–1963)
RTF Promotion (1963)
Owner Radio France
Sister stations FIP (radio station)
France Bleu
France Info
France Inter
France Musique
Le Mouv'

France Culture is a French public radio channel and part of Radio France. Its programming encompasses a wide variety of features on historical, philosophical, sociopolitical, and scientific themes (including debates, discussions, and documentaries), as well as literary readings, radio plays, and experimental productions. The channel is broadcast nationwide on FM and is also available online.


France Culture began life in 1946 as the Chaîne Nationale (national network) of Radiodiffusion Française (RDF). In 1958 it was renamed France III, then RTF Promotion in 1963, finally becoming France Culture later in that same year. The channel originally carried the bulk of French public radio's classical music output; however, since the establishment in 1953 of the specialized "high-fidelity" music channel which was to become today's France Musique, France Culture has become by steps an almost exclusively spoken-word channel.

Past programmes[edit]

  • Atelier de création radiophonique
  • Black and Blue
  • Le Bon Plaisir
  • Le Panorama
  • Les Chemins de la connaissance
  • Les Chemins de la musique
  • Du jour au lendemain
  • La matinée des autres
  • Les Nuits magnétiques
  • Une vie, une oeuvre


  • Agathe Mella (1973–1975)
  • Yves Jaigu (1975–1984)
  • Jean-Marie Borzeix (1984–1997)
  • Patrice Gélinet (1997–1999)
  • Laure Adler (1999–2005)
  • David Kessler (2005–2008)
  • Bruno Patino (2008–2010)
  • Olivier Poivre d'Arvor (since September 2010)

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