Sarkozy unveils new French TV group


PARIS -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy Wednesday officially launched France Monde, a new company under which state-owned radio RFI (Radio France International) and television networks TV5-Monde and France 24 will operate.

France 24's current topper Alain de Pouzilhac will head the new organization, with France 3 and France 24 journalist Christine Ockrent as general director.

De Pouzilhac will take charge of the new company, whose mission will be "to modernize and to dynamize French and French-speaking international public broadcasting," Sarkozy's government said in a statement.

The government also is counting on "a group strategy adapted to the digital age," the statement said. De Pouzilhac is expected to announce a business plan encompassing the 2009-2013 period, though no deadline for the proposal has been set.