France 2015: Sign of new approach?
PARIS, FRANCE – The 60th Eurovision Song Contest might be given a new approach this year by French broadcaster, FranceTélévisions. Indeed, since 1999, the contest has been broadcast on France 3 but it was announced earlier today that in 2015, France 2 (a rather more important channel) will take over the job.
That could mean that the greatest European TV show could be taken more seriously by France. Nathalie André, the famous France 2 head of entertainment of France Télévisions will thus be in charge of finding next year’s entrant or organizing a new selection format.
The reason for this change has not been given, even though we can easily think that this year’s ranking in Copenhagen (the very first last place for France) may have had some consequences…
The good news is that, with this announcement on French media this morning, France confirms its participation to the Jubilee Contest.
We just got official confirmation of the news: France2 will be in charge of French participation this year. As we exclusively spoke to French head of delegation, we can reveal that Frédéric Valencak will remain in his position in 2015. He will also support Nathalie André, France2 head of entertainment, with the selection process. Monsieur Valencak, France 3 deputy director of entertainment, has been head of delegation since 2013, when he took over the job from Bruno Berberès.
A simple change in the broadcasting channel could be quite meaningful for France. New head of delegation? New selection format? Stay tuned…
DID YOU KNOW?
France is one of the big five, and one of the most successful countries with 5 victories (some would say 6, if we consider Amina was robbed in 1991). The country took part to every single edition since 1956, with the exception of 1974 (because of President Pompidou’s death) and 1982 (when the head of French broadcaster called the contest “a monument to stupidity” and refused to send an entrant). Until 1973, the contest was broadcast on RTF/ORTF, the historical television company. Contests from 1974 to 1981 were on TF1 (before it became a private channel), and since 1983 France Télévisions has been responsible for the show (on Antenne 2 / France 2 and then on France 3 and France Ô).