Canal+ Horizons’ Tasca quits to focus on politics

PARIS — Catherine Tasca, France’s former socialist Communications minister, has resigned as president of Canal Plus’ African pay TV subsidiary Canal Plus Horizons.

Tasca has run the 7-year-old Canal Plus Horizons since October 1993, but was recently re-elected to the French National Assembly and appears to have felt that she could not continue at the company while also carrying out her job as a member of Parliament.

Canal Plus chairman Pierre Lescure has named Canal Plus Horizons’ general manager Serge Adda as the company’s new president.

There has been speculation in Paris that Tasca’s association with Canal Plus may have cost her a ministerial job in the new socialist administration of Premier Lionel Jospin. She had been widely tipped to get the Culture portfolio, but ended up empty-handed.

Industry sources have speculated that Jospin passed over Tasca, who was instrumental in toughening France’s TV quotas in the early 1990s, because he did not want questions raised over her independence from Canal Plus. The Culture Ministry eventually went to Catherine Trautmann.

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