Status and assignments

Ina was born from the break-up of ORTF in 1974. It is a national public utility company, whose statutes and assignments were defined by a number of laws governing France’s public audiovisual sector and are now part of an Objectives and Means Contract.


The National Audiovisual Institute (Ina) is a National Public Utility Company, or EPIC.

The Law of August 7, 1974 replaced the ORTF (French Office of Radio and TV) by seven public audiovisual companies. Within this new system, Ina was asked to take charge of archiving, research, audiovisual production and professional training.

Article 3 of the August 7,1974 law stipulates: “The National Audiovisual Institute (Ina) is responsible for the preservation of archives, research and audiovisual production, and professional training”.

Ina went into operation on January 6, 1975.  

The general, legal, regulatory and financial framework in which Ina operates is set by the state. As a public audiovisual body, Ina’s supervisory ministry is the Ministry for Culture .

Ina’s president is chosen from among the Members of the Board representing the State, and is appointed for five years by a Council of Ministers’ decree.


The company's missions as a public service have been defined by the following laws:

  • July 29, 1982: operating rights assigned to Ina for audiovisual archives
  • September 30, 1986: Ina was opened to the competitive market
  • June 20, 1992: Ina was put in charge of the legal deposit for radio and television
  • August 1, 2000: new operating rights were assigned to Ina from August 1, 1997
  • August 1, 2006: legal deposit for the French Internet was shared between the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) and Ina.

These assignments were defined in the specifications put into effect by decree following advice from the Higher Audiovisual Council (CSA). The specifications currently in force (except for clauses that are incompatible with later laws) date from the decree published on November 13, 1987.

The decrees and government orders relating to Ina’s assignments can be consulted on the Légifrance website. 

Objectives and Means Contracts

Since 2000, Ina’s activities have been governed by an Objectives and Means Contract (COM). This contract specifies the objectives of each activity, and the allocation of budgets and human resources. It contains a series of indicators, which allow the activities to be followed over a given period. The fourth COM, covering the period from 2015 to 2019, was signed in December 2015.

Since 2000 these COM have governed the Preservation and Digitisation Plan governing Ina’s collections, which was widely introduced to avoid the disappearance of France’s audiovisual heritage. 

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Ina galaxy
Welcome to the Ina Galaxy! Access all of our services in one click.

Over 400,000 video clips and Ina creations are accessible free of charge on your computer, your tablet or your smartphone on, Ina’s general public digital platform.

  • A wide range of open-access audiovisual and web creations 
  • All the modules produced by Ina for the franceinfo channel, France’s leading public service digital news website
  • You will also find theme-based collections, cult programmes and all the personalities who have marked radio and television history

Ina PREMIUM, Ina’s video-on-demand offer

With Ina PREMIUM, the first video-on-demand service available by public audiovisual subscription, you have unlimited access to over 30,000 original programmes

  • 5,000 series and fictional programmes
  • 3,000 documentaries
  • 12,000 cult programmes

Ina MEDIAPRO, Ina’s online content sales service

View, select and order on line our images and sounds on Ina MEDIAPRO, Ina’s online digital platform especially designed for audiovisual and communication professionals.

  • Over 1,640,000 hours of digitised radio and television programmes
  • Some 600 theme-based collections
  • Exclusive collections enhanced each year by 150,000 hours of programmes

Media News: Ina observes and decodes!

News on the creative industries and information networks in the digital revolution era: our online review Ina GLOBAL decodes the media world for you.

  • Over 300 international contributors
  • 15 new articles or special reports every month
  • Permanent monitoring of media and digital news 

The National Audiovisual Institute

Find out all about Ina: our corporate website groups all the information on our assignments, collections, offers and services, and our latest news.

  • In just a few clicks, find all the offers and services that meet your needs!
  • Follow Ina’s news and find all our press releases
  • Discover all the Ina collections!

Ina training courses

Find training in audiovisual and new media-related jobs and professions with Ina, which offers a comprehensive range of higher education and professional training courses.

  • 15 audiovisual and new media courses, from BAC (Baccalaureate) + 2 years to BAC + 5 years
  • 500 further education training courses
  • Over 100 educational complements on line for students and trainees

Ina Expertise & Consultancy

Ina makes its expertise available to companies and institutions that would like to preserve and enhance their collections

  • Preserving content on physical and digital media
  • Archiving treatment and indexing preserved content
  • Collection management and enhancement
  • Management of legal risks 

Catalogue of archives deposited with the Ina THEQUE

Consult the Ina archives and contribute to their scientific enhancement: throughout France, Ina THEQUE centres are open to academics, researchers, students and amateurs. 

• 16,000,000 hours of radio and television documents
• 14,000 media websites
• Programmes can be consulted one day after they are broadcast

Ina Research & Innovation

Discover all the Ina innovations: Ina Research offers to test your prototypes and invites you to demonstrations of technologies developed at the Institute.

  • Try out and experiment with our innovative tools and projects
  • Download data games made available to the scientific community
  • Access our open-source video reader

Electronic music – Ina GRM

Ina GRM, the Ina Musical Research group, offers creative activities and innovative tools in sound and electro-acoustic music.

  • An international season of concerts
  • Software to create sound and educational tools
  • Programmes produced for Radio France and for the web

Ina in the service of TV and Web production

All our productions, and all our creations: films and web programmes, which all reflect an original editorial identity based on our unrivalled expertise in the visual treatment of archives.

  • 60 films produced or co-produced every year
  • 3 daily video modules created for franceinfo, France’s leading public service digital news website
  • New formats for all screens and new media

The Ina Boutique

Order CDs and DVDs published by Ina: cult programmes from television and radio and our latest creations. Hundreds of exclusive CDs and DVDs are just waiting to be discovered at Ina’s online boutique. 

  • Over 150 DVD titles
  • Over 250 CD titles available
  • A wide choice of photos, printed on demand. 

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