France 24 chairman taking leave

Focusing on negotiations with broadcaster TF1

PARIS -- Alain de Pouzilhac, chairman of French international news channel France 24, will step down from his post "temporarily," France 24 said Monday.

De Pouzilhac will devote his time to negotiations with commercial broadcaster TF1, which wants to buy out that company's share of France 24, a joint venture between TF1 and public broadcaster France Televisions.

De Pouzilhac was recently given the task of overseeing the formation of France Monde, a new holding company seeking to unite the country's public radio and television broadcasters into one singular public media giant, and will continue in that role.