music replaces the usual radio programs this Sunday – Libération

music replaces the usual radio programs this Sunday – Libération
music replaces the usual radio programs this Sunday – Libération

The radio is mobilizing this Sunday, May 12 to show its support for the comedian, suspended from the air and summoned Thursday to a first interview with human resources.

France Inter programs are disrupted this Sunday, May 12 due to a strike against the suspension of comedian Guillaume Meurice, while the government presents this Tuesday a major project to merge public broadcasting. As always in the event of a strike, France Inter broadcasts music instead of its usual programs. “Due to a call for a strike by all the trade union organizations representing Radio France filed in defense of freedom of expression, we are not able to broadcast all of our usual programs,” warns France’s leading radio station on its website. However, the morning programs are not disrupted on the public group’s other radio stations, including France Info, France Culture, France Musique or the local France Bleu.

Figure from Charline Vanhoenacker’s show on Great Sunday evening, Meurice was removed from the air on May 2 pending a possible sanction which could include dismissal. A measure taken four days after he reiterated his controversial comments about Benjamin Netanyahu made at the end of October. He compared the Israeli Prime Minister to a “kind of a Nazi but without a foreskin”, which had earned him accusations of anti-Semitism and a complaint, recently dismissed. He is summoned to a first interview with human resources on Thursday.

This controversy clashes with the government’s public broadcasting reform project, examined from Tuesday in committee at the National Assembly. It provides for a two-stage merger of France Télévisions, Radio France, France Médias Monde (RFI, France 24) and the National Audiovisual Institute (INA): firstly a holding company overseeing these companies from January 1, 2025 , then a merger on January 1, 2026. It is also contested by the unions of France Télévisions and Radio France, where another strike is announced for May 23 and 24.

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