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.”