French Broadcaster France 2 Axes Its CEO

PARIS– France 2, the key channel of French public broadcaster France Televisions, has axed its CEO, Vincent Meslet.

France Televisions said in a statement that Meslet’s exit was due to a rift with the broadcaster’s president, Delphine Ernotte, regarding France 2’s strategy. Meslet had been poached from Franco-German network Arte in August 2015.

Caroline Got, who joined France Televisions as head of strategy and programs from TF1 Groupe in July 2015, will fill the position of CEO until Meslet’s successor is named.

Meslet is the latest in a string of France 2 CEOs to have been pushed out. From 2010 to 2015, France 2 had five different toppers: Claude-Yves Robin, Bertrand Mosca, Jean Reveillon, Philippe Vilamitjana and Thierry Thuillier.

The strategic disagreement between Meslet and the broadcaster’s president partly stems from the underwhelming performance of daytime programming introduced by Meslet, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.

France 2 ranks among France’s top channels, along with the market leader TF1 and its rival commercial channel M6.

France 2 is the network behind the International Emmy Award-nominated series “10 Pour Cent,” an innovative French hit show exploring the world of French talent agents.

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