France 3 to launch extended nightly news edition to cut costs

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 05-12-2012

Following France 2's €30 million cost savings announcement, public sister channel France 3 has said that next March it will launch an extended one-hour nightly news edition, axing other programming slots and making around €10 million savings.
Le Grand Soir 3 will start between 10.30pm and 11pm and include talks and debates focused around current news. Such a repositioning will lead to schedule changes over the week and above all will allow the channel to save money. Shows that usually follow the nightly news show Soir 3, will be re-scheduled or removed.
France Télévisions' president Rémy Pflmilin said that the move is part of its strategic project Info 2015, targeted at mutualising means between France 2 and France 3's Paris teams, as well as over the whole territory.
In 2013, France Télévisions must achieve €130 million cost savings out of a total budget of €2.5 billion.