Mathieu Gallet Tapped as New CEO of Radio France

The headquarters of Radio France in Paris. Photo: DavidHBolton for flickr.

The headquarters of Radio France in Paris. Photo: DavidHBolton for flickr.

For French public radio broadcaster Radio France, leadership is taking on a fresh new meaning.

On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Conseil superieur de l’audiovisuel (or CSA, an independent media regulator organization in France) chose Mathieu Gallet, 37, as the new CEO of Radio France. Gallet will succeed current CEO Jean-Luc Hees.

The choice of Gallet seems to suggest a movement toward a younger, more dynamic radio. Gallet, the youngest CEO in the history of Radio France, had previously risen to prominence in the media’s private sector. He joined the French studio and distributor giant Canal+ (Canal Plus) in 2001 as a management controller, and had previously worked on international sales for Pathé.

After 2007, Gallet turned to government work in media as a technical advisor and later deputy chief of staff for the Ministry of Culture. In fact, Gallet played a large role in drafting the audiovisual policy of Sarkozy’s administration. In 2010, Gallet became the head of the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA), France’s national audiovisual archive. Here, he was instrumental in the Institute’s transition to digital media.

The CSA hopes that Gallet will bring a fresh vision and vitality to Radio France, as the public broadcaster is battling faltering audience ratings and the full development of digital technology.

“We chose a young personality,” said CSA president Olivier Schrameck, citing Gallet’s “boldness and dynamism” as his primary strengths. Gallet will take office in May.

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  1. […] Mathieu Gallet tapped to as new CEO of Radio France. For French public radio broadcaster Radio France, leadership is taking on a fresh new meaning. On Thursday, February 27, the Conseil superieur de l’audiovisuel (or CSA, an independent media regulator organization in France) chose Mathieu Gallet, 37, as the new CEO of Radio France. Gallet will succeed current CEO Jean-Luc Hees. The choice of Gallet seems to suggest a movement toward a younger, more dynamic radio. Gallet, the youngest CEO in the history of Radio France, had previously risen to prominence in the media’s private sector. He joined the French studio and distributor giant Canal+ (Canal Plus) in 2001 as a management controller, and had previously worked on international sales for Pathé. […]

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