Jean-Luc takes helm of Radio France

Pascale Paoli Lebailly

French journalist Jean-Luc Hess, 57, will take up today his new post of President of public radio group Radio France, that comprises stations France Info, France Inter, France Culture, France Musique, France Bleu, Fip and Le Mouví. He will succeed Jean-Paul Cluzel whose mandate was not renewed by the French government.

Following the vote of the new broadcast law in early January, Jean-Luc Hess is the first President of a public broadcaster to be named directly by the council of Ministers after being proposed by Nicolas Sarkozy.

TV regulatory body the CSA, whose jobs formerly included the nomination of public service broadcaster presidents, has just been required to agree or not. The appointment was also greenlighted by the commissions of Cultural Affairs in Senate and Assembly.