Bruno Patino takes the helm of Arte France

A well-known face in the media world, the former director of France Culture succeeds Véronique Cayla to take a coveted chair.

The government finally chose continuity for Arte France. Bruno Patino, current editorial director of the Franco-German cultural channel, will take over from Véronique Cayla on July 5 and for a five-year term, who had held the post since 2011 but had reached the age limit set at 70 years in the company’s articles of association.

Several names had circulated to take back a coveted chair. That of the current director general, Régine Hatchondo, the only candidate declared in an appointment process launched on June 2 and ended on the 15th. But others also, in particular Olivier Courson, former adviser in charge of culture to Prime Minister Édouard Philippe and former chairman of the management board of StudioCanal, or Sandrine Treiner, director of France Culture. The name of Clément Beaune, special adviser for European affairs at the Élysée Palace, was also mentioned.

New consecration

Obviously, the record of the team in place counted. And in particular the paid editorial choices of the channel, which has succeeded in ten years in rejuvenating and growing its audience, in linear television but also, more spectacularly still, on digital media.

For Bruno Patino, in office since November 2015, this is a new consecration. The one who was briefly vice-president of the Le Monde group in 2007, then director of France Culture until 2010 before joining France Télévisions as director of digital and strategy and director of France 5, a position he held before Arte, Bernard-Henri Lévy, chairman of the channel’s supervisory board, also seemed to prefer it.