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Thuillier to replace Vilamitjana at France 2

France Télévisions' group director of news Thierry Thuillier is taking the reins at flagship channel France 2, replacing programming director Philippe Vilamitjana (pictured).
October 21, 2013

France Télévisions’ group director of news Thierry Thuillier is taking the reins at flagship channel France 2, replacing programming director Philippe Vilamitjana (pictured).

Thuillier will now carry out both roles. The French pubcaster confirmed the news today (October 21), on the heels of multiple reports in the French press this morning.

Vilamitjana’s dismissal comes as the network’s flagship channel has suffered from poor ratings across the board this fall. His exit makes Thuillier the fourth program director at France 2 in three years, with most of the previous directors having departed owing to falling audience numbers.

In a statement, France Télévisions president Rémy Pflimlin said that Thuillier – whose background is in journalism, rather than program-making – will make as his priority “redefining afternoon programming on France 2 and, more generally, reaffirming its status as the premiere public service channel.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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