Claude-Yves Robin to head France 4 and 5


CANNES -- France 4 has a new No. 1 as former network head Hayet Zeggar stepped down Tuesday to make way for France 5 topper Claude-Yves Robin, who will simultaneously run both public networks, France Televisions confirmed Tuesday.

While Robin will head up both France 4 and France 5, France Televisions hopes to maintain "the independence and function of each network," the group said in a statement.

Zeggar, who has run France 4 since September 2005, gave up her post for "personal reasons" and public TV group France Televisions' president Patrick de Carolis "accepted this personal decision," according to the group.

De Carolis, in a statement, expressed his appreciation for "the 30 months of exemplary work conducted by Hayet Zeggar as head of France 4."

France 4 had been suffering in the ratings, with a small 0.7% market share in March, placing the network behind its competitors cable networks NRJ12, NT1, TMC and W9.