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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.”

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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