Lagardère has found the new editor of the "JDD"

Lagardère has found the new JDD editorial boss

MEDIA – Already a new boss for the Sunday newspaper. The Lagardère group announced, this Wednesday, January 12, the appointment of Jérôme Béglé to the general management of the drafting of the JDD, very influential in the political sphere.

From January 24, the current deputy director of the weekly Point will replace Jérôme Bellay, 79, who took office at the end of October. He had succeeded Hervé Gattegno, ousted after more than 5 years at the head of the newspaper. Jérôme Bellay had previously directed the JDD between 2011 and 2016 before leaving office, contested by the editorial staff.

“We would like to warmly thank Jérôme Bellay”

Lagardère, owner of the publication whose main shareholder is media giant Vivendi, was silent on the reasons for this eviction. This Wednesday, the group did not give a reason for this new change either.

Former co-founder and boss of France Info, Jérôme Bellay has, to his credit, the creation in 1994 of the continuous news channel LCI, then in 2000 of the company Maximal Productions, producer of the program “C dans l ‘air ”, designed with Yves Calvi.

“We would like to warmly thank Jérôme Bellay who perfectly accompanied the Sunday newspaper and its teams during this transition period ”, commented only on the management of the Lagardère group in a press release.

A surprise nomination

On the other hand, Cyril Petit, managing editor, retains his functions and will support Jérôme Béglé to “continue the transformation projects initiated on JDD, in particular on digital”, specifies this text.

This appointment is a surprise for the editorial staff, to which we have been assured that there will be no change of editorial line, a source familiar with the matter told AFP. According to Release, members of the editorial staff were notified of the change at the same time as the release of the press release.

Jérôme Béglé, through the editorial staff of Paris Match and you Figaro Magazine, is also collection director at Grasset, an editor also belonging to the Lagardère group, with around twenty published novels.

A regular CNews speaker

For the past year and a half, he has been appearing regularly on the CNews channel, owned by Vivendi, the group led by billionaire conservative Vincent Bolloré. Under the leadership of the latter, the radio Europe 1, also owned by Lagardère, this season made a merger with CNews by having in common speakers, journalists and a program.

These upheavals have caused a hemorrhage of staff within the station, between layoffs and voluntary departures, for many motivated by the fear of an overly right-wing editorial line.

The dismissal of Hervé Gattegno had given rise to similar apprehensions within the drafting of JDD. The departure of the journalist, who also headed the editorial staff of Paris-Match, came a month after the front page publication of Paris Match of a photo of essayist Éric Zemmour hugging his collaborator Sarah Knafo.

Acceleration of the takeover of Vivendi

Some had seen in this ousting the influence behind the scenes of Vincent Bolloré and a dissatisfaction related to the coverage of the news concerning Eric Zemmour, former polemicist star of CNews.

The now far-right presidential candidate was also pinned down in an editorial by Hervé Gattegno in the JDD titled: “Eric Zemmour poses more as a prophet of misfortune than a knight of renewal.”

Since then, the Vivendi group has announced in early December that it wants to accelerate its full takeover of the Lagardère group without waiting for the green light from the competition authorities, further strengthening its media influence a few months before the presidential election.

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