Sarkozy calls for revamp of overseas media

31st August 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 31, 2007 (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday called for a revamp of France's overseas broadcast operations, including the newly-launched 24-hour news network France 24, to rival the success of Britain's BBC.

PARIS, Aug 31, 2007 (AFP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday called for a revamp of France's overseas broadcast operations, including the newly-launched 24-hour news network France 24, to rival the success of Britain's BBC.

In a letter released by his office, Sarkozy gave Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner a mandate to carry out the "necessary reorganisations" of three broadcast networks: France 24, TV Monde, and Radio France Internationale (RFI).

"The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has the same means as France's overseas broadcast media, but a much stronger visibility and influence," the president wrote.

"This is not about copying a model, but about creating the conditions for a coordinated and efficient conduct of our overseas broadcast policy (radio, television and Internet)".

France 24 -- part owned by public broadcaster France Televisions -- was launched last December 6 with a brief to broadcast a French perspective on world events in a television news market dominated by US and British giants CNN or BBC World and the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera.

On Monday Kouchner told a conference of French ambassadors he wanted to see France 24 and the more established TV5 Monde and RFI brought closer together, including through a common web presence.

"For want of a powerful overseas French broadcast media, our voice is not heard enough," Kouchner said, cricitising a "lack of coherence, of means and visibility."

AFP

Subject: French news

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