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RE: French TV - News Discussion - London Lite - 05-10-2023

Good move for TF1 to have a breakfast show. There needs to be an alternative to the analytical LCI morning show and keeps TéléMatin on their toes if they're going for a lifestyle/news skewed format.

If they're planning a January launch, then I wouldn't be surprised if they start piloting in November if TF1 have signed up columnists already.

If columnists suddenly start leaving BFMTV, LCI, CNEWS and Franceinfo, then we may know where they're off to.


RE: French TV - News Discussion - Medianext.MX - 05-10-2023

Shocking hiring that of Bruce Toussaint indeed. But TF1 needed to have a morning show to fend off the dominance of Télématin and Première édition. Worth noting this is not the first time it is happening.

TF1 had a morning show called Good Morning France (Bonjour la France) during the 80s. Created by Jean-Claude Bourret on the model of the US morning shows, it initially aired on weekends only (with weekdays being the remit of Télématin, which was more inspired by TV-am) from 1984; Télématin debuted some months after. The show, given it aired on weekends only, it had the mix of news, politics, newsmaker interviews and lifestyle and entertainment segments long favoured by American morning shows.

When Jean-Claude Bourret left TF1 after its privatisation to join La Cinq, the show was expanded by the new management to air 7 days a week; on weekdays, the show retained its original format, but on weekends, the show became known as Bonjour la France, Bonjour l'Europe, and had a more magazine-style presentation and a format prioritising French and European cultural issues and patrimony. The show ended in 1990; the exact reasons are still unknown, but TF1 was having an increased success with the Club Dorothée, leading to the show having an increased duration (up to 8 hours on Wednesdays); the slot has since been used for children's TV and its shopping strand Téléshopping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4tIi2jjJDk 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYzAr7xPwTE 


RE: French TV - News Discussion - matthieu1221 - 06-10-2023

BFMTV’s newsbar now seems to have show-based variations for Ruquier and the morning political interview.
https://x.com/bfmtv/status/1710003874055049713?s=46&t=qtigCznbLpE7rnOAUxb0eg 
https://x.com/bfmtv/status/1709824369298493731?s=46&t=qtigCznbLpE7rnOAUxb0eg 

Amusing how for in Ruquier’s case, it marks the return of the color orange to BFMTV’s graphics, the color having been present from launch in 2015 till the 2019 graphics package.


RE: French TV - News Discussion - matthieu1221 - 06-10-2023

(05-10-2023, 07:43 PM)London Lite Wrote:  Good move for TF1 to have a breakfast show.  There needs to be an alternative to the analytical LCI morning show and keeps TéléMatin on their toes if they're going for a lifestyle/news skewed format.

If they're planning a January launch, then I wouldn't be surprised if they start piloting in November if TF1 have signed up columnists already.

If columnists suddenly start leaving BFMTV, LCI, CNEWS and Franceinfo, then we may know where they're off to.

As an update to this, TF1 states in a Parisien article that the Teleshopping and kids bloc will be maintained (kids blog is contractually required at a specific time iirc in the morning). So it is entirely possibly that the new show won't be competing in the same timeslot as Telematin.
https://www.leparisien.fr/culture-loisirs/tv/bruce-toussaint-a-la-tete-dune-matinale-sur-tf-1-les-nombreuses-questions-qui-se-posent-05-10-2023-EC3EJGQJXBG4JBP5BDHSEGR7AM.php 


RE: French TV - News Discussion - matthieu1221 - 06-10-2023

Further update to this from Ouest France who spoke to Thierry Thuillier from TF1.
- It will be a generalist breakfast show. Not something revolutionary -- news bulletins every hour, headlines. The weather every 30 minutes.
- Heavy use of chroniques in TF1 style. Culture, people, cooking, decoration...
- Major interview like the competing breakfast shows
- 3 hours long and live
- exact timing yet to be determined. Have to work around teleshopping (commercial agreement) and children's program (ARCOM contractual requirement)
- Not competing with LCI's breakfast show. They are complementary.
- TF1's news division is heading this project but there'll be opportunities for other divisions of the group to participate like entertainment for example.
- Further investment in the regional bureaus. Possibly the creation of new bureaus.
- Project approved 15 days ago, Bruce Toussaint first contacted 10 days ago.
- Toussaint was the first choice.
- Will not use the same studio as the 13H or 20H. Will not look like a JT studio.

https://www.ouest-france.fr/medias/tf1/info-ouest-france-matinale-de-tf1-avec-bruce-toussaint-en-voici-les-coulisses-et-les-contours-61cc7034-640b-11ee-84ee-9e4a9c99baa2 

Le Figaro's TVMag looking into why there's been an exodus from BFMTV. Fogiel's way of running the channel is a big factor for many.
https://tvmag.lefigaro.fr/programme-tv/actu-tele/toussaint-la-tour-du-pin-boursier-casse-mais-pourquoi-ils-quittent-tous-bfmtv-20231006?utm_source=app&utm_medium=sms&utm_campaign=fr.playsoft.lefigarov3 


RE: French TV - News Discussion - London Lite - 06-10-2023

Just how rapid was that? 10 days to get Bruce to sign with TF1.

Considering it was only approved 15 days ago, I'm going for either a Spring 2024 launch as the fastest possible time to launch or the start of the 24/25 season in August, which would allow Bruce to see out his contract at BFMTV with time to pilot over the summer.


RE: French TV - News Discussion - matthieu1221 - 07-10-2023

(06-10-2023, 06:01 PM)London Lite Wrote:  Just how rapid was that?  10 days to get Bruce to sign with TF1.

Considering it was only approved 15 days ago, I'm going for either a Spring 2024 launch as the fastest possible time to launch or the start of the 24/25 season in August, which would allow Bruce to see out his contract at BFMTV with time to pilot over the summer.

They are aiming for January 2024 though Thuillier made it quite clear that if it wasn't ready, they would not launch.


RE: French TV - News Discussion - matthieu1221 - 08-10-2023

Just a quick update on what the news channels did yesterday to cover day 1 of what's looking to be a protracted conflict in the Middle East.
BFMTV, CNEWS and LCI were in breaking news mode for most of yesterday.

BFMTV not being the most objective channel, though to be expected as they are in the same group as i24news and in cases like these, sometimes share contributors and journalists if needed.
LCI lucky to have their usual set of retired army generals and geopolitical experts with coverage focused on the wider geopolitical and historical context along with the military situation.
Didn't bother to see how CNEWS was covering it.
Franceinfo kicked into breaking news mode later than the other news channels.


RE: French TV - News Discussion - matthieu1221 - 08-10-2023

La Tribune (du dimanche) -- the new competitor looking to scoop up le JDD's former audience base -- launched with an interview with Bruce Toussaint among other topics.

Of note, Toussaint highlighted the fact that the new show would not be a copy of Telematin, and noted that most breakfast shows started at either 6am, 6:30am or 7:00am, that his show would likely be no exception and would most likely start at one of these times.

https://www.latribune.fr/technos-medias/medias/je-ne-pouvais-pas-dire-non-a-tf1-bruce-toussaint-979170.html 


RE: French TV - News Discussion - matthieu1221 - 10-10-2023

LCI's 6/9 will be presented live from Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning. Worth noting that given that LCI's graphics have been in breaking news mode since the end of February 2022 (with most notably the red newsbar) making it impossible to tell what is breaking news and what isn't. It seems that someone in the graphics department has realised this and added an 'edition speciale' sticker next to the clock on the top right which does look quite nice.
https://twitter.com/LCI/status/1711443232872092091