French radio journalist to take over as Liberation editor

26th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Radio presenter Nicolas Demorand is to take over as editor of Liberation, the French newspaper founded by writer Jean-Paul Sartre in 1973, sources at the left-wing daily said Wednesday.

The 39-year-old has spent the bulk of his career in public service radio, notably anchoring the flagship morning news show on France Inter radio until mid-2010.

His appointment has yet to be confirmed by the paper's supervisory board and must then be approved by a staff vote.

The current editor, Laurent Joffrin, is expected to return to work at the Nouvel Observateur magazine, which he previously edited.

Liberation was set up by Sartre, Serge July and others in the wake of the protest movements of May 1968, with all staff -- from the editor to the cleaners -- initially getting the same pay.

But later the daily was run along more traditional hierarchical lines. Businessman Edouard de Rothschild took a major stake in the paper in 2005.

© 2011 AFP

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