The 51 -year -old journalist had been weakened by a motion of distrust in June, voted by 80 % of journalists.
The director of information of France Télévisions, Laurent Guimier, leaves his duties on Monday October 3, according to an indiscretion of Parisian confirmed in the world. In an internal statement sent in the early afternoon, the president of France Télévisions, Delphine Ernotte, thanks the journalist for “her commitment” and the success of the coverage of the French elections and the war in Ukraine. In recent months had however been marked by several events likely to weaken this former radio France and Europe 1.
Two people replace Laurent Guimier. Alexandre Kara, hitherto deputy director of programs, became director of national information, while Nathalie Saint-Cricq is appointed coordinator in charge of editorial information changes by her side. It retains its title of editorialist.
On June 30, the editors of France 2, France 3 (Nationale) and Franceinfo (TV and web) had voted a motion of distrust of Mr. Guimier. To the question of whether they were “trusting Laurent Guimier to direct the information from France Télévisions”, the journalists had answered no to 79.52 %.
Besides that the info boss was accused of not coming to the editorial conferences, the implementation of his editorial project and the lack of strategy concerned journalists from France Télévisions. In addition, during the electoral campaign, he had combined his management functions with the co-presentation of “Elysée 2022”, the political program, alongside Léa Salamé, which had been criticized by the teams.
Delphine Ernotte had however entrusted him, a few days after the motion, the establishment of the Tempo project, intended to set up an editorial offer in place of national editions of France 3 as they have existed since 1986.
m. Guimier did a large part of his journalist career in Europe 1, but also directed the Radio France Info from 2014 to 2017. After having directed the Lagardère group radio center in 2018 and 2019, he had joined France Télévisions as director of Franceinfo (the website and the application bringing together the TV, radio and digital offers of the public service), before becoming the information director in September 2020.