Strike on BFMTV and RMC: Anne Hidalgo gives up the debate on the municipal ones this evening

The group announced last week a vast restructuring plan, which would cut nearly one in three jobs.

Anne Hidalgo gives up participating in the debate which was to oppose the three candidates for the municipal election in Paris this evening. The mayor of Paris, who received at his campaign headquarters the representatives of the inter-union of striking employees of the NextRadioTV group (BFMTV, BFM Business, RMC), mobilized against a plan to eliminate positions, asks for a postponement of the debate until tomorrow , Thursday.

«I cannot close my eyes to the situation of these employees, and under these conditions, because the democratic debate must take place in calm conditions, I will not participate in the debate (…) and I ask the channel to postpone it see you tomorrow», Writes Anne Hidalgo in a press release.

Since the start of the day, the antennas of the NextRadioTV group (BFMTV, BFM Business, RMC) have been disrupted. So this Wednesday morning, BFMTV could not broadcast its 4:30 am pre-morning – this is the first strike in the history of the channel. The editorial staff of BFM Business, for its part, replaced its morning show with reruns.

Likewise, RMC stated “not be able to broadcast [le] usual program“. The morning of Jean-Jacques Bourdin, usually scheduled from 6 am to 9 am, has been replaced by a program of “Big Mouths“. Jean-Jacques Bourdin, on the other hand, provided his political interview at 8:35 am, broadcast on RMC and BFMTV.

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This work stoppage also threatens the broadcast of the debate for the second round of municipal elections in Paris, scheduled for Wednesday evening on BFMTV and BFM Paris.

«Disgusting“. It is in this term that the intersyndicale of the NextRadioTV group (Altice), parent company of BFMTV and RMC, denounced the vast social plan planned in the company. Gathered this Tuesday at a general assembly, several hundred journalists voted for this strike, which will last for a limited period of 24 hours.

The group’s management announced last week that it wanted to cut between 330 and 380 permanent positions, or nearly 30% of the workforce, and up to 200 freelance and intermittent positions – 50% of them. The strikers have several objectives: that the management renounce forced departures, that the elimination of precarious positions is put back on the table and that the annual negotiation of compensation be reassessed.

«The activity of our sector is not threatened, said Anne Lebrun, SNRT CGT Audiovisual and SNJ-CGT union delegate to NextradioTV, at the microphone of Franceinfo Monday evening. We had record audiences during confinement, BFM TV remains number 1 and is not overtaken by the competition». «This drastic cut is incomprehensible in a group that structurally achieves profits“, Underlined last week the representatives of the employees.

Recovery plan

«Our objective will be to limit as much as possible the impact on permanent positions and to pursue editorial excellence, while developing the technological skills and commercial forces, essential to NextRadioTV», Replied the group.

The CEO of Altice France Alain Weill and the CEO of Altice Médias Arthur Dreyfus argue the melting of advertising revenue during the coronavirus crisis to justify the urgent need to reduce the workforce of NextRadioTV.

, Alain Weill had drawn the outlines of a recovery plan also motivated by problems of order “structural“: The CEO announced the end of investments in sports and pay television,”where profitability is increasingly difficult to achieve“. The group should refocus on its information offer, around BFMTV and its local branches, but also BFM Business. The management wishes to bring together the editorial staff of the television channels with that of the group’s radio offering, RMC.