The editorial staff of Franceinfo.fr on strike on the day of the Republicans’ debate

The movement is not likely to go unnoticed. At least in the eyes of the president of France Televisions, Delphine Ernotte. The editorial staff of Franceinfo.fr has planned to go on strike on Tuesday, November 30. The movement, whose notice was filed on November 24, should be strongly followed. Monday, November 29, the drafting has already opposed 96% to a memorandum of understanding proposed by management. The date was not chosen at random: Tuesday, France 2 will broadcast in “prime time” the last Republicans’ debate, before the vote in congress on December 4.

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However, the editorial staff of Franceinfo.fr must participate in the animation and development of this political program, co-hosted for the first time by the director of information of France Televisions, Laurent Guimier. The latter comes to replace Thomas Sotto, who has withdrawn because of his relationship with one of Jean Castex’s advisers. When questioned, the management of France Télévisions does not wish to comment.

Working conditions

The support system planned for the show, which provided for the live intervention of experts on digital, a live and the publication of extracts on the Web, should be seriously disrupted, even if the journalists of Radio France, which also feed the Franceinfo.fr site will provide part of the follow-up. Officially, the young editorial staff of France Télévisions – the average age there is about thirty years against 49 years at France Televisions – protests against the potential elimination of two positions – a retirement and the non-tenure of a video reporter.

In reality, she protested more widely against her working conditions. “While we are already very tired due to Covid-19, because we are always asked for more, and we are already just in time, this news had the effect of a bomb, says a member of the Society of Journalists (SDJ). Not only do we not want any downsizing, but we are asking for at least two hires. “

“It’s an unexpected showdown with Delphine Ernotte, which shows that they are very angry” – Antoine Chuzeville, of the National Union of Journalists

Even if the movement will not affect the antenna as such, it is bad news for President Delphine Ernotte, who praises on all occasions the digital success of Franceinfo.fr, while the audiences of the eponymous news channel are struggling to take off. “There is a mismatch between the platform’s ambitions and the bits of string we have”, continues the SDJ. “This editorial team really wants to work. Its journalists have always been considered the good students of France Télévisions. It’s an unexpected showdown with Delphine Ernotte, which shows that they are very angry ”, analysis Antoine Chuzeville, of the National Union of Journalists (SNJ), who also specifies that with equal seniority these journalists are “Less well paid” than in other public television newsrooms.

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