Rodolphe Belmer, dismissed as Canal+ chief executive, has been hired by the new director-general of public broadcaster France Televisions Delphine Ernotte to lead a strategic orientation committee, according to Le Figaro, which broke the story.
According to Le Figaro, Belmer will head a 12-strong committee that will assist Ernotte in developing possible strategies for the broadcaster.
Belmer, frequently named in the past as a possible successor to Remy Pflimlin at the public broadcaster, did not submit his candidacy in the contest that led to Ernott’e appointment. At Canal+ he was instrumental in developing the group’s digital and international strategies.
Belmer was dismissed by Canal+ in July and replaced by former EVP and head of pay TV Maxime Saada, after previously being groomed as a likely successor to Canal+ president Bertrand Meheut.
However, French press reports suggested that a perception among parent group Vivendi’s leadership, notably chairman Vincent Bollore, that the pay TV outfit was underperforming led to the decision to oust Belmer.
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