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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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