PARIS: The Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), the French
broadcasting regulator, has appointed Patrice-Henry Duchene to the new
post of director of communications and surveys as part of a wide-ranging
restructuring of the organisation to help it respond better to changes
in the sector.
Duchene, who was appointed earlier this month, reports to the director
of the CSA, Anne Durupty and oversees a 25-strong team. His
responsibilities cover external relations, surveys and publications, all
of which were previously handled as separate departments.
The former heads of publications and surveys, respectively Michele
Debussiere and Michel Fansten, will continue in their existing roles,
under Duchene, while Francoise Tome, previously head of external
relations, has left the CSA to pursue her legal career. Tome will not be
replaced and Duchene will take over her responsibilities directly.
Duchene said: ’The CSA’s role must evolve with its changing context,
away from guardianship and towards that of a guide or referee. It should
intervene more in the public arena.’
Duchene joins the CSA from PR agency Contre Vents et Marees where he was
associate director. He was director of communications for Arthur
Andersen France from 1991 to 1995.
The CSA has a wide-ranging remit amounting to the combined powers of the
UK’s Independent Television Commission and Broadcasting Standards
Council. It regulates and awards licences to French radio and television
channels across the private and public sectors and is consulted by
Government on broadcasting policy as well as having the right to appoint
board-members to French public radio and TV channels.
The organisation is restructuring, in response to the increasing number
of private satellite and cable operators competing alongside France’s
traditional public sector broadcasters.