INTERNATIONAL: Duchene will channel the CSA’s evolving PR

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.

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.



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