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    Greece’s fastest growing channelChristoph Mainusch on Alpha’s recent ratings development

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    At a press conference on 1 March, Christoph Mainusch, CEO of Alpha TV, presented Alpha’s audience shares for February 2011 – the best in the channel’s history. Now, a month later, he had to rephrase his comments as the ratings improved once more in March. With a prime time audience share of 19.7 per cent among viewers aged 15 to 44 and 17.4 during the whole day in the same demographic, Alpha increased its audience shares by 1.4 percentage points in both time slots, making March 2011 the channel’s best month ever.

    This result follows an inforcement of Alpha’s afternoon and access prime time programming on weekdays: The channel’s entire line-up between 13:00 and 21:00 consisting of Kous Kous To Mesimeri (Gossip At Noon), Deste Tous (Watch Them), OikogeneiakesIstories (Family Stories), Alpha News and Kati Psinetai (Come Dine With Me) scored its best ratings for the season during March. Further- more, Formula 1 returned with the Australian Grand Prix, which was watched by 27 per cent of viewers aged 15 to 44, and 47.1 per cent of 25 to 34-year old male viewers. Also, Al Tsantiri Niouz continued its impressiveperformance with an average audience share of 47.0 per cent, while new shows such as the auditions of Greek Idol performed remarkably well: they were the most-watched show in their time slot for the entire month. Backstage spoke to Christoph Mainusch about this development.

    After Alpha already attracted an audience share of 16 per cent in February, the channel reached an average 17.4 per cent of viewers in March. What would you say are the reasons behind this steep increase?Since Alpha joined RTL Group three years ago, we have been making gradual yet highly impactful changes in the channel’s content and profile: First, we focused on giving Alpha a clear identity and positioning as a family-oriented channel with an emphasis on factual entertainment. We blended key staples of Alpha’s programming, such as the country’s most-watched show, satire Al Tsantiri Niouz,with new formats such as Kati Psinetai and scripted reality series Oikogeneiakes Istories, which were a hit with the Greek audience, attracting an average of 24.9 per cent and 26.3 per cent of the viewers respectively. We’re now entering a phase where the different elements are blending together, creating solid zones that attract Greek viewers. As a case in point, in March, Alpha’s entire weekday line-up between 13:00 and 21:00 scored record ratings.

    “Keeping it fresh” In March, Greece’s Alpha TV celebrated record-breaking ratings in both prime time and all-day. Backstage asked Christoph Mainusch how Alpha has managed to establish a clear identity and increase audience shares.Greece - 14 April 2011

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    Is it too early to conclude new trends in the Greek TV market from this?A developing trend is that the country’s top three stations, Alpha, Antenna and Mega have cumu-latively grown their share compared to the rest of the television market. Furthermore, the ratings of the top three have been converging; we are all contenders. We expect to see this trend continue, with Alpha being the one that benefits the most. How will you go about making sure this trend continues?We are going to follow our successful recipe. We are determined not to just maintain but improve our position within the Greek market. Alpha is comprised of a committed team of experienced professionals who are constantly thinking of ways to innovate and excel, and that is something that guarantees our ongoing success.

    How has Alpha positioned itself in the Greek TV market? What sets Alpha apart from the competition?Alpha is the station with the highest volume of local content: We’re the Greek channel. This content is a combination of real-life and enter-tainment programming. The “Greekness” of Alpha’s profile is further strengthened by the impressive lineup of Greek TV stars, such as Lakis Lazopoulos, Eleni Menegaki, Roula Koromila and others.

    Back in 2008, Alpha was fourth in prime time, attracting an average 12.5 per cent of viewers aged 15 to 44. This March we were a clear number two, with 19.7 per cent. Strategic choices regarding content and scheduling, stripped programming and the incorporation of formats that have proved very popular among

    Greek viewers are the key contributors to this success. In March, we further reinforced our prime time line-up, with the second season of Greek Idol – which has returned even bigger and better – and with ground-breaking shows like Botrini’s Project where we follow the award-winning chef Ettore Botrinias as he opens his first restaurant in Athens, training an unexpected and inexperienced team of youths to become the backbone of his new business venture.

    What about Alpha’s news programming?Actually, Alpha News is a great showcase of the impact that our gradual changes have had. In March, Alpha News was the country’s number two news bulletin with an 18.1 per cent average in the 15 to 44 demographic. In 2008, Alpha News was Greece’s number five news bulletin, with average ratings of 8 per cent. Since then we have changed pretty much everything: From the

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    time we broadcast Alpha News to the format, the structure and the content. We now offer a fast-paced, reliable and objective news bulletin that has more than doubled its ratings since 2008 while also reducing production costs.

    How is your collaboration with other RTL Group companies?It’s always helpful to know you can rely to colleagues for a good exchange of know-how, on advice on how to localise international formats and so on. RTL Group has a strong team of experienced professionals that are always very willing to assist and to support our endeavours.

    How are your competitors responding to Alpha’s strong performance?We all operate within a difficult environment. All stations are trying cut down on costs while maintaining their performance. Alpha has actually managed to save costs and improve its performance.

    Greece is currently going through a difficult financial period. How has this affected your plans and overall strategy?Unavoidably the television and the advertising market have been affected by the prevailing financial conditions, as has everyone. This phenomenon has been further exacerbated by the fact that Greece’s television market is overpopulated and saturated. However, Alpha had proactively prepared for this situation since 2009, when we went ahead with an extensive strategic restructuring programme, so actually today we’re the TV channel least affected by the ongoing financial situation. Besides, TV still remains the most attractive medium in Greece, and this trend has been further strengthened during the past year. In this context, it is very im-portant that we managed to grow our ratings and remained the country’s fastest-growing channel since now we’re much better positioned towards the advertising market. Furthermore, we expect a slight improvement in overall market conditions around the last quarter of 2011, or in early 2012.

    Lakis Lazoupoulos, presenter of Al Tsantiri Niouz

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    The index was established ten years ago and was initially regarded as a niche concept. “Today, institutional investors around the world are increasingly focused on considering environ-mental, social and governance practices of the companies they invest in,” writes David Harris, Director Responsible Investment at the FTSE Group, in his letter to RTL Group CEO Gerhard Zeiler.

    RTL Group was first included in the FTSE4Good Index in 2005 and has been a member ever since. The index was created by the FTSE Group, an independent group of market participants, and makes it easier for investors to identify companies that comply with globally accredited standards for corporate responsibility. All of the companies listed in the index companies show exemplary, above-average dedication and commitment in social, environmental and ethical matters.

    Confirmed as a member of the FTSE4Good IndexIn March, following a review, RTL Group was notified that the company continues to meet the criteria for the FTSE4Good Index.Luxembourg - 8 April 2011

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    Viewers’ enormous interest in the distressing events in Japan is also reflected in the news channel’s ratings for March: with an overall market share of 1.6 per cent, N-TV achieved the best ratings in its history and came in significantly ahead of its competitor N24, which recorded 1.4 per cent. N-TV Editor-in-Chief Volker Wasmuth: “In view of the tragic events and the fate of the people on the ground, ratings are irrelevant. But they also confirm the tremendous audience interest in news information and are a tribute to the performance of the entire team at N-TV and Info Network. Moreover, it is particu-larly gratifying for us that the audience puts its trust in N-TV at such times.”

    N-TV responded immediately to the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan on 11 March and devoted almost 24/7 coverage to it in the first few days. As early as the morning of the disaster up to 8.0 per cent of viewers in the 14 to 49 demo-graphic and the total audience watched N-TV’s coverage. The following day, when the first block of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima explod-ed, a total of 10.88 million viewers kept up to date with events on N-TV. Overall, the news channel produced about 500 news specials and updates on the events in Japan and Libya in March. “We interviewed radiation physicists, marine biologists, doctors, environmentalists and leading German politicians,” said Wasmuth. “Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland reporters also regularly contributed reports and features from Japan.” The news specials achieved market shares of up to 12.9 per cent among 14 to 49-year-olds and up to 11.9 per cent of the total audience.

    The news channel also kept people fully informed about the events online. N-TV.de provided round-the-clock coverage with two special live new tickers. The channel’s constantly updated videos and live-stream broadcasts generated above-average use. The news portal N-TV.de recorded its highest-ever monthly traffic: 264.9 million page impressions and 45.3 million visits. Compared with the previous month, the portal increased page views by 117 per cent and visits by 103 per cent. The news portal’s editorial content was rounded off with extensive photo and video galleries as well as expert interviews and a special live ticker.

    Up to date using N-TVThe tragic developments in Libya and Japan show that when it comes to news, many viewers rely on N-TV – both on TV and online. Germany - 11 April 2011

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    N-TV Editor-in-Chief Volker Wasmuth

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    “Japan is struggling with the impact of not just one, but several disasters,” said RTL Charity Director Wolfram Kons at the cheque presen-tation to cooperation partners Caritas Inter-national. “I’m grateful that our viewers have not abandoned the people in Japan.”

    Oliver Müller, Head of Caritas International, accepted the cheque for EUR 1,114,001 in Cologne in the presence of the Japanese Consul General Kiyoshi Koinuma. “The number of victims is vast and help is urgently needed. My thanks go to RTL Television viewers,” said Koinuma. Oliver Müller adds: ”We can ensure that the donations get to the tsunami victims. And after providing initial emergency aid, we will help people with reconstruction.”

    The money will help provide relief to around 27,000 people who lost everything in the disaster of 11 March and are living in shelters in the regions of Miyagi and Iwate. Little government aid has arrived here to date and the supply of basic necessities such as food, water, lankets, hygiene items, clothing and aby’s nappies is still top priority even nearly four weeks after the earth-quake.

    Over EUR 1 million for JapanThe “Stiftung RTL – Wir helfen Kindern” fundraising campaign for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami has raised more than EUR 1 million in viewer donations. Germany - 11 April 2011

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    Go To The Answer is a new multi-platform game format where the public work alongside celebrities to crack cryptic questions leading them to locations throughout the country. To win big all players have to do is physically go to the answer and ‘check in’. Unfolding weekly across mobile, the Web, social media and TV, Go To The Answer is the game that will get the audience on its feet.

    In all, the category “Interactive & Cross-Media Digital Entertainment Formats” which was sponsored by FremantleMedia and RTL Group, received 87 entries from 26 countries. Each project leveraged a current digital trend from geo-localisation and crowd empowerment to social network profiling and collaboration. Four finalists had been selected for their creative, innovative and skilful approach to the Inter-active, Cross-Media and Digital Entertainment space. Those individuals and companies went head-to-head presenting their formats to the jury composed of Claire Tavernier, Senior Executive Vice President, FMX and Worldwide Drama, Richard Vargas, Senior Vice President of Development and Production FMX, Ian McClelland, Senior Vice President RTL Group New Media and Christophe Gobel, Senior Project Manager RTL Group New Media. The judges chose Go To The Answer as the winner.

    The format was developed by the Connected Set. Jason Mitchell accepted the prize from Claire Tavernier for the company, saying: “It’s amazing. It was a big decision to set up on my own about six months ago, so this was a big validation of that decision. Hopefully after a year we’ll be international.”

    Claire Tavernier says: “For cross-platform creatives, this was an opportunity to access a first-class digital development team, as well as a strong network of digital executives around the world. We are excited to work with the Connected Set to define the best way to spend the develop-ment money, while leveraging our resources.”

    Ian McClelland said: “The sponsorship worked as it associated both FremantleMedia and RTL Group with transmedia, cross platform and cutting edge entertainment formats. The hope is that smaller creatives and agencies from all over the world will see our group as a place they can bring original ideas to be realised creatively and commercially.”

    The Connected Set specialises in the conver-gence of television and the Web. The company focuses on creating new transmedia/television formats and digital products that deepen audience engagement through entertainment.

    The physical quizRTL Group and FremantleMedia sponsored a category at this year’s Content 360 Festival at Mip TV in Cannes. The winner: The Connected Set and its idea Go To The Answer.Luxembourg / United Kingdom - 14 April 2011

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    The talent show X Factor is offering viewers exclusive and exceptional closeness to the candidates starting 8 April 2011. The candidates will all wear a heart rate monitor during the Friday evening live show. The device will measure their heartbeat and transmit the data to the XFactor.nl website.

    After the show’s broadcast on RTL 4, viewers can use their smartphones, tablets or laptops to access the information and see at what stage of the live show the candidates felt under pressure, were the most excited or the most relaxed.

    At the XFactor.nl site, fans can also view each candidate’s ‘social heartbeat’, that is, the number of tweets a candidate generates per minute. Besides the now famous Twittertimeline, candidates and website visitors alike will see the number of positive and negative tweets.

    X Factor fans were treated to a titillating new online show on 13 April 2011, when the XFactor.nl website gave space to the soda company Pepsi to broadcast its Pepsi Insider Show under the theme “Refresh Your World”. The show presented by Lieke van Lexmond is targeted at young viewers and gives them a different insight into the music format and its candidates. Pepsi hopes that the show will also help them get closer to their main target group, dynamic young people who know what they want.

    X Factor is broadcast every Friday on RTL 4 at 20:30. The Pepsi Insider show can be watched Wednesdays at 20:30 on XFactor.nl.

    Every heartbeat countsX Factor fans in the Netherlands are now able to follow the heartbeat of their favourite candidate thanks to a monitoring system that transmits the candidates’ heart rates to the talent show’s website.Netherlands - 8 April 2011

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    On 26 April 1986, at 1:23 in the morning, reactor number four of the Lenin nuclear power station in Chernobyl exploded: it was the world’s largest nuclear disaster, classified a level 7 on a scale of 7. The explosion projected radio-active dust into the air, as did the ensuing fire, which lasted several weeks. The cloud travelled over a large part of Europe and passed over France.

    For the fifth Destination RTL of the season, special correspondent Sophie Joussellin and technician Loïc Rischmann went to the Ukraine, to Chernobyl. What does the zone around the power station look like 25 years later? How do people live in the region? What became of the inhabitants? There are so many questions, which they will attempt to answer for listeners.

    On the first day of their journey, Sophie Joussellin and Loïc Rischmann went to the actual site of the nuclear disaster, to the exclusion zone of Chernobyl, where life disappeared since the area was emptied of its inhabitants by the authorities. Today, however, more than 3,000 people continue to work at the site of the power station. Sophie Joussellin interviewed someone in charge of the power station who confirms that the sarcophagus of the aging reactor, built hastily in 1986, is in a poor state. A new one, built by Bouygues and Vinci, should be finished in 2015.

    On the second day of Destination RTL, Sophie Joussellin and Loïc Rischmann took listeners to the town of Pripyat. The employees of the power station and their families lived there, and so were 3 km away from their workplace. At the time of the catastrophe, the town counted 48,000 residents, who were all evacuated the day after the explosion of reactor number four. It was carried out calmly, as the authorities used a stratagem to make the inhabitants, who were

    evacuated by 1,000 buses in three hours, believe that they were leaving for only three days. The inhabitants were told simply to take their papers and money and to bring along something to eat. Today, Pripyat is a ghost town that has become the sad symbol of this nuclear disaster.

    The two RTL journalists then headed off to meet the Samoseli. There are about 200 of them, and they are 75 years of age on average – pension-ers who did not get used to their new apartments in another city and who returned to live in their dachas (country cottages). On the air, Sophie Joussellin described their precarious living conditions as well as their fierce will to live on their own land.

    For the fourth logbook, Sophie Jousselin inter-viewed Vitali, a liquidator, which is the name given to those who risked their lives to put out the fire in the reactor. “We filled parachutes with sand and the helicopters transported them to dump the sand over the reactor, and I don’t know how to make you understand, but it was a veri-table war. The people were exhausted, and the helicopters had to be loaded, one after the other, without stopping. Of course, we knew that the reactor had exploded and that we were getting very high doses of radioactivity. We were afraid, but at the same time, something really had to be done.” About 30 of the liquidators died of acute radiation in the weeks following the disaster. Several thousand have died since then and many others are ill.

    Destination: the ghost town of Chernobyl Twenty-five years ago the planet experienced its first great nuclear disaster – RTL Radio in France returns to Chernobyl to see what is going on there now and to inform its listeners. France - 14 April 2011

    Sign warning of the dangers of radioactivity. It reads: “Caution, radioactivity, prohibited zone!”

    Vitali Fiodorovitch Kourinoï was a liquidator in the early days of the disaster.

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    On Dutch screens until 2015RTL 4 and Endemol Nederland have signed an agreement that prolongs the production run of the Dutch soap Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden for another four years.Netherlands - 12 April 2011

    HD range expandedStarting in summer 2011, the HDTV range HD+ will be available to Sky’s satellite customers as well, giving them access to RTL HD, Vox HD and RTL II HD and other commercial TV channels.Germany - 12 April 2011

    New, improved Wetter.de appsJust in time for the German Easter holidays, RTL Interactive has unveiled a completely new version of its Wetter.de apps for I-Phone, I-Pod touch and Android smartphones.Germany - 12 April 2011

    Presenting: TroubleshooterFremantleMedia and Fuji Television unveiled Troubleshooter, the second format born of the Creative Exchange Alliance forged between the two companies, at Mip TV in Cannes. United Kingdom - 8 April 2011

    A second life on the InternetMore than 5 million videos related to Top Chef were watched on M6.fr, M6Bonus.fr and M6Replay during the past weeks. The show’s dedicated site, TopChef.fr, generated 9 million page views. The site hosted a wealth of high-quality content, including more than 260 recipes from Season two. France - 14 April 2011

    Presenting an all-new cross-media projectWednesday 20 April 2011 marks the launch of Wer rettet Dina Foxx? (Who Will Save Dina Foxx?) on ZDF – the first-ever thriller on television to be followed by an online-only search for the killer. The first Web pages tying in to the thriller are now online. Germany - 11 April 2011

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    Dirk RauserGermany - 13 April 2011

    Dirk Rauser (42) is taking over as Head of HR & Organisation at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

    He will report directly to Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland CEO Anke Schäferkordt. Rauser is currently Commercial Director of Info Network and as part of this role is already responsible for HR work for the Group’s largest employer. He will complete essential structural tasks at Info Network in the next few months, and gradually take over responsibility for the whole of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland by 1 September at the latest. In recent years the department has been run by Thomas Kreyes as part of his responsibility for the General Secretariat.

    “In Dirk Rauser we have found an excellent in-house candidate for the important role of human resources management,” said Schäferkordt. “Thanks to his many years of experience in various functions at Medien-gruppe RTL Deutschland companies, he knows the companies in our Group very well and above all is best suited to further develop our HR work, and especially its quality, in the years ahead. I wish him all the best in his new task. I’d also like to thank Thomas Kreyes for his vital work for our Group’s HR work, which he performed in addition to his many other tasks.”

    Rauser has worked in various positions for Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland for over 10 years. Prior to his current assignment, he headed the Office of Process Management at RTL Television, was Head of Business Affairs and Development at N-TV and was responsible for corporate development at RTL Television and RTL Interactive.

    The HR & Organisation department consists of two sub-departments, Personnel Manage-ment and Personnel Services. In future Rauser will personally take responsibility for HR work in Personnel Management, supported by Susanne Brüning and Kirsten Reichert as deputy directors. Personnel Services is headed by Dirk Königs, who also heads the Payroll department for Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland Finance and Accounting.

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    FremantleMedia has appointed Marika Makaroff to the newly created position of Creative Director FremantleMedia Finland. Eerika Vermilä will succeed Makaroff as Managing Director FremantleMedia Finland.

    Makaroff’s new role commenced on 1 April 2011, and sees her place a greater focus on creative development and new commercial opportunities. She previously held the position of Managing Director FremantleMedia Finland, during which time she oversaw the local launch of highly successful shows such as Idols, Got Talent, Farmer Wants A Wife, The Apprentice and Project Runway, plus the ongoing production of Salatut Elämät (Secret Lives), Finland’s longest running daily soap.

    Marika’s vacated position as Managing Director has been filled by Eerika Vermilä, currently an Executive Producer at FremantleMedia Finland, with effect from 1 April 2011. Eerika brings over 15 years experience in Finnish TV production to her new role, having worked previously at Metronome, Jarowskij and FremantleMedia itself. Over the course of her career she has helped launch some of Finland’s most success-ful shows including Salatut Elämät, Big Brother and Käenpesä (Cuckoo’s Nest).

    Marika Makaroff, Creative Director, Fremantle-Media Finland, said: “After six highly successful years at FremantleMedia Finland, my new role will allow me to invest more time in the creative side of our business. This is a fantastic new challenge for me and I’m looking forward to concentrating on the development of new ideas and new commercial opportunities for Finland.”

    Eerika Vermilä, Managing Director, Fremantle-Media Finland, said: “I am very pleased to be taking on the role of Managing Director, and this new opportunity is a way for me to help shape the way FremantleMedia does business in Finland. Marika has been the driving force behind the success of many great formats, and I look forward to working alongside her as well as taking up the challenge of continuing her good work.”

    Daniela Matei, CEO Nordics, Central Eastern Europe & Balkans FremantleMedia, said: “Since joining FremantleMedia, Marika has done an excellent job in helping establish and develop formats within the Finnish market. In her new position she will be able to make even greater use of her creative talents, and I am confident she will continue to grow the business in new and exciting ways.” She adds, “Executive Pro-ducer Eerika Vermilä will be perfectly suited to the role of Managing Director at FremantleMedia Finland. Since she joined the company in 2008 Eerika has been an exceptional lead within production and her background in both drama and entertainment production places her as the perfect candidate to fill the role.”

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    Marika Makaroff / Eerika Vermilä Finland - 11 April 2011

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    Richard BeachUnited Kingdom - 13 April 2011

    Richard Beach joins FremantleMedia Enterprises as gambling product and implemen-tation manager for Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    Richard Beach, who developed his gambling industry expertise in his previous experiences with Cyberview and IGT launching online brands such as Rainbow Riches or Monopoly, will be responsible for all product development and implementation across online, land-based and mobile channels. Beach will report directly to Simon Murphy, Head of the gambling division at FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME). Beach’s role will require a collaborative approach and will include building relationships with external game developers, platform providers and operators, as well as internal departments within the broader FremantleMedia Enterprises business.

    Simon Murphy says: “The success of the business to date has encouraged FME to scale its investment in the gambling sector, and Richard’s appointment is another great example of our focus for 2011 and beyond. Richard’s knowledge of gambling and his authority within the industry further enhances our objective to become a leading force in branded content across all sectors of the gambling industry”.

    FremantleMedia Enterprises’ gambling division was initially launched in 2008 as an internal start-up, part of FremantleMedia Ventures, and quickly gained traction over the years. The company has published and distributed games to leading operators including the likes of Rank Interactive, Ladbrokes, Betfair and Paddy Power. Gaming brands in FremantleMedia’s portfolio include The X Factor, The Price Is Right, Family Fortunes and Baywatch, with recent third party additions including a number of titles from MGM Studios such as Stargate, Robocop and Legally Blonde.

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    Jacques AragonesFrance - 12 April 2011

    Jacques Aragones joins TV Presse Productions, a subsidiary of FremantleMedia France, as Deputy CEO starting 15 April 2011.

    A journalist, Jacques Aragones fulfilled a number of responsibilities at TF1 Productions between 2001 and 2010, serving as Editor-in-Chief, producer and director of investigative magazine shows. He was also a special correspondent on Le Droit de Savoir for TF1. He had previously worked on a variety of magazine shows for M6 and at different news agencies including Capa, Tony Comiti Productions and 17 Juin Produc-tions.

    Jacques Aragones holds a master’s degree in private law and is a graduate of the Institut français de presse. He is 38 years of age.

    TV Presse Productions is a news agency recog-nised by ministerial order since October 2007. It specialises in investigations, documentaries, reportages and news magazines.

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