From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (French Broadcasting-television or RTF) was the French national public broadcasting company between 1949 and June 27, 1964. It was created on February 9, 1949 to replace Radiodiffusion Française (RDF) and was replaced by the notionally less-strictly government controlled Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (ORTF).
The RTF was both state-owned and state-controlled due to having a budget set by the French National Assembly under the direction of the Ministry of Information; this meant that new investments and programmes were not possible without the direct agreement of the Minister and of the Minister of Finance.
Alain Peyrefitte, Minister for Information in 1963 said of the RTF "it is the government in the dining room of all the French!"