Ex-iTélé journalists create new social media-focused news service

A group of French journalists that left Vivendi-owned news channel iTélé following the recent dispute between the channel’s management and staff have set up a new digital news initiative focused on distribution via social networks rather than broadcast. The initiative, Explicite, has been created by 54 journalists among the group that quit iTélé as a result […]

iTélé dispute over controversial presenter enters new phase

Canal+-owned news channel iTélé’s management have produced a new offer aimed at staff wishing to quit the channel – the latest move in a dispute that has convulsed the news service for the last month. The offer comes as iTélé employees voted to continue their three-week-old strike at least until Wednesday, when representatives of three […]

Canal+ staff strike in support of iTele

A strike by staff at Canal+ news channel iTele has spread to the broadcaster’s main pay TV service, with a reported 65 staff at the channel coming out in support of the news staff. Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada issued a statement to the effect that a symbolic strike had been voted for about 30 staff […]

New deputy CEO for iTélé

Canal+ has named journalist Virginie Chomicki as deputy CEO at news channel iTélé, in charge of the development of Cnews, the new brand for the service. Chomicki previously worked on international political coverage for TV5 Monde. The appointment follows Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré’s decision to rebrand the group’s free-to-air channels D8, D17 and iTélé respectively as […]

French news channels in employment offer to head off LCI decision

French free-to-air news channels BFM TV and Canal+-backed i>Télé have reportedly sent a letter to media regulator the CSA promising to recruit two thirds of the staff currently employed by TF1-backed news service LCI if the latter closes down.  The move, reported by financial daily Les Echos, is seen as a last-ditch move to prevent […]

Canal Plus names new i>Télé editorial chief

Canal Plus Group has named Céline Pigalle as editorial director of news channel i>Télé. Pigalle, who worked in senior positions at radio service Europe 1 before joining Canal Plus in 2011, replaces Albert Ripamonti, who left earlier this month following the January appointment of Cécilia Ragueneau as CEO. I-Télé has struggled to grow its audience […]