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France Televisions’ Ernotte names 33 year-old chief of staff as number two

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte has appointed her 33 year-old chief of staff Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez as director of programmes and channels – effectively the public broadcaster’s second in command. In an appointment revealed by Le Monde newspaper, Sitbon-Gomez, who is also director of transformation at France Télévisions’ production arm FranceTvStudio, will replace veteran Takis Candilis, […]

French watchdog consults on spectrum as France Ô heads for closure

France’s ministry of culture has officially asked media regulator the CSA to withdraw the digital-terrestrial spectrum allocated to public overseas channel France Ô from September 1, when the service is set to close down. The CSA has also been given a mandate to authorise the broadcast of an HD version of news service Francinfo both […]

France 4 wins one-year reprieve, France Ô to close

Public broadcaster France Télévisions’ channel for children and young people, France 4, has been granted a one-year stay of execution by the new French culture minister, Roselyne Bachelot, according to news magazine Le Parisien. However, international channel France Ô will cease broadcasting as scheduled on August 23. The closure of France 4 and France Ô […]

FranceTV Publicité deals with Orange, Bouygues set stage for targeted advertising

France Télévisions’ advertising arm FranceTV Publicité has struck separate targeted advertising partnerships with service providers Orange and Bouygues Telecom within a few days of each other. The Orange partnership, which was announced last week, will see Orange and FranceTV Publicité bring addressable advertising to Orange TV customers, subject to data protection rules. The agreement will […]

Delphine Ernotte secures second term as France Télévisions chief

French media regulator the CSA has given Delphine Ernotte-Cunci a new five-year term as director-general of France Télévisions, the first time an incumbent has had their mandate extended in this way. The watchdog said that it had chosen Ernotte for a second term on the basis of her competence and experience and its analysis of […]

France Télévisions chief candidates set out their stall

French media regulator the CSA has shortlisted eight candidates for the post of the next director-general of public broadcaster France Télévisions, including incumbent Delphine Ernotte, who is seeking a new five-year mandate. The eight have set out their stalls identifying strategic priorities as the final selection process gets underway. Ernotte has placed emphasis on doubling […]

Salto begins test phase ahead of autumn launch

Salto, the French commercial and public broadcasters’ answer to Netflix, has begun closed user-group tests ahead of a delayed commercial launch in the autumn. Salto CEO Thomas Follin told the AFP news agency that the streaming service was on the “starting blocks” for an autumn launch. Salto, which has been subject to lengthy delays while […]

Salto chief unveils launch plan for streaming service

Salto, the long-delayed French streaming offering from broadcasters France Télévisions, TF1 and M6, is to launch on June 3, according to CEO Thomas Follin. Follin told French newspaper Le Figaro that the SVOD offering would launch in test mode, enabling consumers to connect to the service. The streamer will then launch a full promotion in […]

France Télévisions chief outlines regionalisation plan for France 3

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte plans to develop 13 French regional and local channels to replace the current France 3 channel, as reported by the Journal Du Dimanche. Ernotte said that the new channels would take the form of wider media outlets, mixing TV, radio and the web, at a cost of around €900 million. […]

England-France attracts 6 million viewers

England’s Six Nations opener to France drew an average of 5.9 million viewers on BBC One. The match, which finished as a 24-17 victory for the French, saw a peak of 7 million and an audience share of 41% in the UK. France Télévisions’ France 2 saw an average of 5.7 million viewers, representing a […]

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