MEDIA – Patrick Cohen, Anne Sinclair, Pascale Clark, Bertrand Chameroy, Nicolas Poincaré … Former and current voices of Europe 1 gathered this Wednesday June 30 in front of the radio premises located in the 15th arrondissement in Paris, as you can see in our video at the top of the article.
The event organized by the editor’s society of Europe 1 aimed to alert public opinion about Vincent Bolloré’s growing grip on radio and his desire to build bridges with CNews presented as an opinion channel and more information. One of the reasons which had also pushed the editorial staff to strike for five days in mid-June.
In front of the headquarters of Lagardère News, Patrick Cohen, emblematic presenter of the station addressed the crowd of around 200 people. “The model that is winning today is one that seeks to produce not information and knowledge, not social ties, but on the contrary to create controversies, fractures”, denounced the one. who is also a member of the Editors’ Society.
In the assembly, other emblematic figures of the antenna such as Olivier de Rincquesen. The historic voice of Europe 1 from 1971 to 1996 denounced “the decline in programs which has accelerated”, pointing to the “responsibility of the current shareholder”.
Journalists from BFM TV and France Inter present
Other personalities were also present such as Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders or the economist Julia Cagé. Journalists from other editors also took part in the rally, such as Patrick Sauce, senior reporter at BFM TV. “We say to ourselves: ‘who are the next ones?’ We were many from BFM TV to demonstrate with the friends of Itélé in 2016. There we demonstrate in front of Europe 1. We do not know where we will show our support next time, but it could be for us and it is a fear of all the time, ”he said.
For his part, Claude Askolovitch (France Inter) says he is concerned about the management by the fear already denounced by the radio unions. “That Europe1, which was a modern radio station, decides by the will of its shareholders to be more to the right, I can regret it, I can not be indifferent, but that is none of my business. What concerns me is the way we treat people ”, explains to HuffPost the one that presents the press review of the morning of France Inter. “It is not in the prerogatives of a shareholder or a manager to be brutal. Hundreds of employees have experienced in recent years this brutality that the drafting of Europe 1 ″ is undergoing.
Pascale Clark charges Roselyne Bachelot
At the same time, the general meeting was held in Lagardère, which formalized its transformation into a public limited company. A more than symbolic change since it resulted for Arnaud Lagardère in the loss of his absolute power, recording the entry into force of Vivendi, controlled by Vincent Bolloré, on the board of directors.
For Pascale Clark, this Wednesday June 30 marks the entry of the wolf into the sheepfold. “Today something very important is happening, but which does not concern us very much: very powerful, very rich people are actually deciding us. We don’t have a lot of power, we already know that without saying it Vincent Bolloré is taking control of this radio to make it a kind of CNews radio appendix (…) -be a last stand (this fight, editor’s note), maybe the last ″.
That which was pushed towards the exit at the beginning of June, after only one year on the station regrets the disinterest of the Ministry of Culture for this subject of the preservation of the independence of the editorial staff.
“It’s a matter that concerns this country, it’s not just the journalists among themselves who are trying to escape. We know that when the media are so concentrated and that there is obviously an extreme right-wing political project that should concern everyone. The policies are non-existent since the first day (of the mobilization, editor’s note). Roselyne Bachelot, I believe she is in charge of Communication, after that she has not proved it much. It’s incredible. We don’t ask her to get involved, but at least that she is interested and that she expresses herself. ”
“We would like politicians to seize – beyond Europe 1- the subject of editorial independence,” adds Olivier Samain, SNJ union delegate, who understands, however, that this can be delicate and misinterpreted, especially in the run-up to the presidential campaign.
The inter-union of Europe 1 is already considering other actions to be taken to alert the public to the current situation facing the radio. Especially since the case of Victor Dhollande was not settled this Wednesday. This journalist had been sanctioned by management after an altercation with a member of HR who secretly recorded an employee meeting. A case which was at the origin of the first strike in the history of Europe 1.
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