De Pouzilhac named chair of TV5Monde

Current CEO Francois Bonnemain steps down

PARIS -- Alain de Pouzilhac has been named chairman of French-speaking channel TV5Monde, the worldwide network's board of directors said after a meeting late Tuesday.

Current CEO Francois Bonnemain stepped down from his duties, leaving France 24's de Pouzilhac to head a new organization banding together TV5Monde, RFI (Radio France International) and France 24 as part of President Nicolas Sarkozy's "exterier audiovisual" strategy.

Marie-Christine Saragosse was appointed general director and Christine Ockrent administrator of the new organization.