The three international French broadcasters, TV5 Monde, France 24 and Radio France International, should come under a single holding company, France Monde, but remain as separate entities. This is the proposal put forward by Jean-David Levitte and Georges-Marc Benamou to the country’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy.
The proposal does not call for the abolition of one or more of the services, but plans to bring together a number of administrative functions, such as human resources and finance, as well as the distribution, marketing and sales of the three brands. The new holding should be headed by a team of two, preferably a journalist and an entrepreneur.
At the same time, there might also be some organisational changes planned for the French national public broadcaster France Televisions. Christine Albanel, the French minister of communication, said in an interview with RMC and news channel BFM that she wants to keep the identities of France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô, “as the people know and love these names”, but might consider “regrouping some functions, such as acquisition, human resources and finance.”