France 24 and RFI finally merge
09:23 February 14, 2012 By Robert Briel

French international broadcaster Radio France International (RFI), its Arabic language subsidiary Monte Carlo Doualiya, and l’Audiovisuel extérieur de la France (AEF) have finally endorsed its merger with the France 24 news channel.

The merger will now go through, despite opposition from journalists and unions at France 24 and RFI. François Hollande, the socialist candidate for the French presidency, also signed a petition against the merger of RFI-France 24.

In a statement, the AEF stressed that the merger “allows the creation of a French broadcasting group of international dimensions.”

AEF is the holding company of France 24 and is fully owned by the French state.

In a statement, AEF CEO, Alain de Pouzilhac, said: “With RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya now in a single firm combining their strengths, their talents and their expertise we can now broadcast the values of France with a single eye on all modes of distribution.”

Although the merger is now official, unions are believed to continue to fight the decision.