The French journalist and show runner Guillaume Durand will be joining France 24 when it is launched in December.
Durand is currently working for France 2 where he anchors a cultural show late at night on the public network. He will joining France 24 to run a political debate show, probably centered around the 2007 French Presidential elections. No additional details about his programme are available at this time.
Durand previously worked for LCI, the French cable national news channel owned by TF1, and I>Télé, another news channel created by Canal Plus to compete against LCI.
France 24 unveiled its mantra during its press conference last week.
With “Everything about what you’re not supposed to know,” France 24 is trying to promote an independent view of news. The network will compete with CNN, BBC or Al-Jazeera, among other international news channel.
It remains unclear how this slogan will be translated in French. The English version was unveiled during a French-speaking press conference last week.
While France 24 says it will draw part of its report from its two shareholders: TF1 and France Televisions, the latter is not so sure.
France 2’s union of journalists is asking for clarifications over the use of its images and reports by the new international news network, Le Monde reports.
The union is asking for negotiations on the use of its foreign bureaus by France 24, as well as on rules of exclusivity. Journalists working for France 2 are afraid that a scoop uncovered by the public network could be used first by France 24.
Until these points are clarified, the union of journalists is opposing the use by France 24 of any of France 2’s reports. “France 2 cannot lose its and be mistaken with TF1,” Bernard Lebrun, ex-member of the union, told Le Monde. TF1 is one of France’s private network and France 2’s direct competitor.
While unveiling its logo, France 24 officials announced that 162 journalists have been hired and will start working next week.
France 24 earlier said it would hire 170 journalists for its bilingual newsroom. There are no indication that new hires will be made in the near future.
The journalists come from 27 different countries, are bilingual (English/French) and will be responsible for one third of France 24’s reports (the two remaining thirds coming from partnerships with France 24’s partners and shareholders).
The newsroom will be managed by Grégoire Deniau, who won the Albert Londres prize in 2005. The Albert Londres prize is sometimes deemed the French equivalent of the Pulitzer prize. Deniau previously worked for Envoyé Spécial on France 2, one of France 24’s majority shareholders.
France 24 unveiled its logo today during a press event to welcome the recruited journalists to the network’s offices.
The French international news network, France 24, has selected KR Media for its advising services. The marketing agency will also be responsible for France 24 media buys, according to the network.
Last week, France 24 selected Marcel Paris for its external communication.
In unrelated news, RMC Moyen-Orient (Middle East) announced last month that its director in charge of news and programming, Agnès Levallois, had left the radio station for France 24. It is not know what position Levallois is now occupying.
France 24 – The Unofficial Weblog is starting its series of profiles on the network’s directors and journalists.
Today, we bring you a quick introduction to Alain de Pouzilhac, who has been named chairman of the board of directors for France 24. In the past few months, he has become the high-profile spokesperson for the network appearing in front of the French house of representatives for example.
Read his profile in the people section of this weblog.
In an exclusive interview with France 24, the Unofficial Weblog, David-Hervé Boutin, who is in charge of external relations at the new network reveals that France 24 received more than 4000 resumes over the summer to fill the 170 positions available in the newsroom. “The majority has already been hired,” Boutin says. “Everything is going well. Our studios are being finalized, and our journalists will start working mid-September,” he adds.
Boutin also tells F24-TUW that the network is still selecting the network of operators that will distribute France 24 around the world. Last week, F24 announced the selection of three satellites from Eutelsat for broadcast in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“We will be ready around the first week of December to start broadcasting on the French feed, the English feed and in three languages over the Internet,” Boutin says. France 24 will only be seen in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and in two states in the U.S. at first. More countries will be added to this list in 2007 and 2008.
In France, Boutin does not expect France 24 to compete against national cable news networks such as La Chaîne Info (LCI), owned by TF1, or I>Télé, a subsidiary of Canal Plus. “These networks mainly cover national news,” Boutin says. “LCI for example has the ‘journal du monde’ once a day well France 24 will be the ‘journal du monde’ around the clock,” he adds referring to an international news program on LCI. France 24 content will be more international, Boutin says.
To do so, it will use the local bureaus already owned by its two major shareholders: TF1 and France Télévisions. “France 24’s architecture is different and new, but we will still use the network of bureaus owned by our shareholders,” he says. France 24 will also enter into partnerships with other companies such as the Agence France Press, RFI and AITV.
As for France 24’s future, Boutin expects the French parliament to continue supporting the project. France 24 received 80 million Euros for its first year. In France, the budget needs to be voted on every year. In May 2007, France will vote for a new president and parliament, but this should not have any effect on the future of the network. “It’s an idea that goes beyond political criteria,” he says. “We are talking about French influence in the world.”
The marketing agency Marcel, a subsidiary of Publicis, won the competition for France 24‘s communication as the channel is launched at the end of the year. CLM/BBDO and Hémisphère Droit were also competing for the contract, according to the French marketing magazine CB News.
Gérard Saint-Paul has been nominated to replace Ulysse Gosset for the position of managing director in charge of news and programming, France 24 announced yesterday.
Saint-Paul will represent the French public television France Televisions on the directing board. Alain de Pouzilhac and Jean-Yves Bonsergent also seat on the board with de Pouzilhac at the head and Bonsergent representing the private company TF1.
Saint-Paul was already working for France 24 since April as the managing news editor overseeing all journalists working for the network.
With this announcement, de Pouzilhac also said that most of the staff for the new international news channel had already been hired. He expects them to start working in the network’s new offices in two weeks.
De Pouzilhac is also confirming that a third feed will be created for France 24 in July 2007. The third feed will broadcast France 24 mainly in Arabic with some programming in French and English.