French news channel’s journalists shocked by advertorial plan

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns plans by the management of the French 24-hour TV news channel iTélé to make its journalists produce advertorials – which would not be clearly identified as such – in order to attract more advertising. The staff are currently voting on a union motion that they should oppose this unprecedented plan, as well as the management’s plans for drastic cuts. Voting began yesterday and will continue all week.The plans were unveiled at a tense meeting on 1 June between iTélé’s new CEO, Serge Nedjar (a close associate of billionaire businessman Vincent Bolloré), and the head of the Association of Journalists (SDJ) at iTélé, Olivier Ravanello.“Mentalities will have to change” because iTélé can no longer earn enough from traditional advertising, Nedjar said, adding that the news channel would have to “participate in more partnership operations.” When Ravanello questioned the ethics of these new directives, Nedjar replied: “There is nothing to discuss because you will do what you’re told.”These quotes and other details of the meeting are contained in a letter that the SDJ sent to iTélé’s journalists. RSF has obtained a copy.Nedjar clearly wants to make space for programmes funded by brand advertisers and to get corporate sponsorship for certain stories. This violates the principles of ethical journalism, under which reporting and editorial content must be clearly distinguishable from advertising.“We deplore such practices, which run counter to the principles that are spelled out very clearly in the Munich Charter for journalists,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk.“The charter states without any ambiguity that journalists must never confuse their profession ‘with that of advertisements salesmen or propagandists.’ We strongly condemn any attempt to stray from this principle. The truth and accurate reporting of the facts cannot be contingent on business interests. The reliability of the media and journalistic credibility are at stake.”France is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interest iTélé TV studio/ Crédit AFP Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information News June 7, 2016 French news channel’s journalists shocked by advertorial plan Follow the news on France “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Receive email alerts Organisation News FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independence Conflicts of interest RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Stephen Karam’s The Humans Will Play Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Related Shows View Comments The Humans, the latest play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam, will play off-Broadway as part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s New Play Initiative. Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct. Performances will begin in the fall of 2015 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Centre for Theatre. Further information, including dates, casting and a creative team, will be announced at a later date.The play explores the hilarity, heart and horrors of the modern American family. After a sleepless night, Mr. Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point. The play is set to premiere at Chicago’s American Theater Company this November.The Humans marks Karam’s second Roundabout commission, following Sons of the Prophet in 2011. In 2007, the theater company launched the Roundabout Underground program, with his play Speech & Debate as the inaugural production. His additional works include columbinus alongside PJ Paparelli and the libretto for the chamber opera Dark Sisters, on which he collaborated with composer Nico Muhly. The Humanslast_img read more