Without president, the channel appoints Christophe Tardieu of France Télévisions as interim CEO

Without president, the channel appoints Christophe Tardieu of France Télévisions as interim CEO
Without president, the channel appoints Christophe Tardieu of France Télévisions as interim CEO

The secretary general of France Télévisions, Christophe Tardieu, will take over as interim head of TV5 Monde from July 1 after the resignation of outgoing CEO Yves Bigot, the international public channel announced on Wednesday. He will combine his functions with those of secretary general of France Télévisions.

Christophe Tardieu was appointed Monday by the board of directors of TV5 Monde, on which he sits and which is chaired by Delphine Ernotte Cunci, the boss of France Télévisions.

Bigot’s blow

Yves Bigot announced at the end of May that he would not be reappointed, and that he would resign on June 30, five months before the end of his mandate. This is why the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs had launched a call for applications for his position a few days earlier, which closed on June 9.

A former journalist, the outgoing CEO succeeded Marie-Christine Zaragosse at the head of TV5 Monde in 2012, after having been program director for private radio RTL. In November 2022, it was extended for two years, at the end of a second five-year term.

Since its creation in 1984, the channel has always been chaired and managed by French people, with France controlling more than 60% of its capital via various public companies. TV5 Monde is thus 46.42% owned by France Télévisions and 11.97% by France Médias Monde. Belgian, Swiss, Canadian, Monegasque and Quebec audiovisual groups share the rest, supported by Arte France and the INA.

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