31 May '11, 10am

France 24 licks its wounds after ‘playground’ fight: It was meant to be a new face for France in the world – a m...

It was meant to be a new face for France in the world – a multilingual rolling news channel to compete with CNN and the BBC. But five years since its launch, France 24 is limping along, shamed by a chaotic feud between its two top managers that drove its number two, Christine Ockrent, to quit last week. The rivalry of Ockrent, 67, a formidable former news anchor, and Alain de Pouzilhac, 65, the tough executive appointed to launch the state enterprise, broke out into war last summer. There were sackings, counter-sackings and allegations of spying. “It was an absolutely absurd situation. They were like children in the playground,” says Virginie Herz, head of the Société des Journalistes, a staff ombudsman at France 24. Pouzilhac brought legal action alleging that company emails had been hacked. Ockrent, sidelined as editorial boss, sued for constructive dismissal. Now she ha...

Full article: http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/2011/05/31/france-24-li...

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