Keyword: Big brother

From scandal to big business: 20 years of reality TV in France

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The 'Loft Story' logo on April 25th 2002 at La Plaine Saint-Denis north of central Paris during season 2. © Bertrand Guay/AFP The 'Loft Story' logo on April 25th 2002 at La Plaine Saint-Denis north of central Paris during season 2. © Bertrand Guay/AFP

The first reality television show on French television was broadcast on April 26th 2001. 'Loft Story', a French remake of the 'Big Brother' format, caused a scandal and provoked endless debate and discussion among both the public and academics. One critic even claimed it marked a descent into “fascism”. Twenty years later the genre has become a standard part of TV viewing. Participants in some of the top-rated shows have become professionals with large incomes, working as 'influencers' who promote brands on social networks. François Bougon reports on the history of reality TV in France.

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