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CSA considering eight candidates for AEF chief

French media regulator the CSA is considering eight candidates to head the country’s external media organisation the AEF, following the recent forced departure of president Alain de Pouzilhac.

The candidates reportedly include former France Télévisions president Marc Tessier, current AEF strategy director Franck Melloul, former France 24 editorial director Jean Lesieur and former deputy CEO of the Institut national de l’audiovisuel (INA) Jean-Marc Bordes.

French president François Hollande asked the CSA to handle the recruitment of a new president of the organisation, which groups together news channel France 24 and radio service RFI as part of a policy of transferring responsibility for recruiting public broadcasting executives away from the executive branch.