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Levrier to top France 3

PARIS (Reuters) –The chairman of state-owned France Television on Thursday named Philippe Levrier to replace Michel Blanc as head of France 3, one of the group’s two channels.

France Television said in a statement Thursday the resignation followed a “difference of opinion” between Blanc and chairman Xavier Gouyou-Beauchamps, which led to their decision that “they could no longer work together.”

According to Le Monde newspaper, Gouyou-Beauchamps was exasperated by Blanc’s thorough but slow decision-making process ahead of key restructurings involving closer cooperation between France 2 and France 3.

Levrier, 47, was the managing director of Telediffusion de France (TDF), the television transmission and uplink services company of France Telecom.

Gouyou-Beauchamps had been general manager of France 3 from 1994, when he replaced Jean-Pierre Elkabbach at the helm of the group on June 2, 1996.

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