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Agence France-Presse

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The Spanish public broadcast network, RTVE, is facing the prospect of more political influence, The Guardian reports.

Recently, the Editors Weblog reported on proposed changes to the board of French newswire Agence France Presse, which could leave the company open to more interference from the state. Now it seems that RTVE is now facing the kind of interference that many feared could occur at AFP if the changes were to be passed.

RTVE already has a number of political representatives on its board; these representatives have now made a bid to use their privileged position to gain access to the network's news before it is broadcast.

The board decided to vote on this policy because certain members, from the conservative People's party, felt that the news had a pro-socialist bias and that such a bias could not be tolerated in a public broadcaster. The only two board members to vote against the change were two union representatives, as the only two Socialist party representatives abstained for unknown reasons.

Staff at the RTVE have been shocked by the move and there have been calls for the board members to resign. Senior figures from both the conservative People's Party and the socialist party Rubalcaba have condemned the controversial move.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-09-23 16:25

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Sénateur UMP Jacques Legendre, a member of President Sarkozy's party, has proposed a law that would reorganize the board of the Agence France-Presse. What's more, the news agency might loose state funding, which currently accounts for 40% of its budget, and become open to more political influence.

Although subsidiaries of the AFP include recent and innovative start-ups such as Citizenside, the organization can trace its roots back to 1835, when it was called the Agence Havas, making it the world's first international news agency. As Le Figaro reports, the proposed reforms are an attempt to bring the APF inline with modern EU competition law, as last year the German press agency, DAPD, made an official complaint to the European Commission claiming AFP was receiving state subsides that were illegal under EU law.

Other opponents to the changes fear that the roles of new board representatives are loosely defined and the proposed structure of the board could leave the door open for political manipulation, something which article 2 the 1957 statue that outlines the mission of the AFP strictly prohibits.

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Katherine Travers

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2011-09-16 14:28

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Although Google has occasionally rubbed the press the wrong way in the past, it is now launching a new partnership with a French journalism school to encourage digital journalism.

In the U.S., Google's relationship with the press has previously been strained. The company aggregates news stories from around the world on its Google News feature. The press has taken issue with it before, such as the incident two years ago when Google was under scrutiny for profiting from content produced by news editors, magazine publishers, and the Associated Press.

Forbes.com Chief Executive Jim Spanfeller claimed that Google's business model is "parasitic", a statement refuted by the company's Marissa Mayer. She testified in front of the U.S. senate in May 2009, arguing that the company provided a valuable service to newspapers by guiding consumers to the news stories they sought.

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Florence Pichon

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2011-06-06 14:29

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In conjunction with Twitter and the CFJ journalism school (Centre de Formation des Journalistes), the international newswire Agence France-Presse (APF) has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to covering the 2012 French presidential elections.

The channel hosts videos posted by political parties and tracks candidate popularity, but its main feature is an interface in which viewers can submit questions to candidates. The questions are then posed in interviews held by journalism students from CFJ.

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Florence Pichon

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2011-05-31 17:35

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When does an event become newsworthy? Does media coverage in itself make an event newsworthy? Can news organizations and journalism be blamed for giving a made-for-media event the attention it was looking for?

These and other similar questions arose from the coverage (or the non-coverage) of evangelical pastor Reverend Terry Jones, who runs a small church in Gainesville, Florida, burning a copy of the Quran on March 20.

The story is well summed up by Poynter's Steve Myers, who wrote an article analysing the media's ability to shape the news.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-04-11 14:32

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Agence France-Presse (AFP) plans to build up its brand image by boosting its Internet presence with its own destination news website and on platforms such as the iPad, its chief executive Emmanuel Hoog said, reported in an AFP article on Yahoo! News.

In a video interview with Le Figaro's Buzz Média Orange, Hoog said the AFP's board of directors has approved a 3,7% budget increase for 2011: "a development budget".

As discussed earlier, in order to compete with the other big news providers Associated Press and Thomson Reuters, AFP is going mobile. Investments will be made to develop the agency's presence on the web as well as on digital devices like the iPhone and the iPad.

Although AFP is the world's third largest newswire, some newspapers, like 20 Minutes, have recently decided to drop its services and this has affected the news agency's primary source of revenue.

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-02-02 16:19

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Free French daily 20 Minutes has dropped the Agence France-Presse news service, Le Monde reported. The paper's CEO Pierre-Jean Bozo tried to negotiate a lower price with the French national news agency but failed, and 20 Minutes now subscribes to Reuters' French wire.

Le Monde quoted AFP's commercial director Erik Monjalous who said that the paper and the agency had been in discussions for two years but that the AFP could not go below a certain price.

The price of an AFP subscription is "hundreds of thousands of euros" and based upon circulation, Le Monde explains, which is high for free papers: 20 Minutes gives out about 700,000 copies a day.

Reuters presumably offers a cheaper deal. But 20 Minutes journalists have protested at the move, and Le Monde quoted an editor who said that the Reuters feed is "much lighter" and that the journalists feared not being able to tackle big stories at the time of going to press.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-11-03 14:21

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Agence France-Presse has announced that it is to launch the world's first high definition news video service today. AFP is the world's third largest newswire, behind Reuters and the Associated Press, with 2,900 journalists worldwide.

The agency's video wire AFPTV has around 80 news gathering units around the world and distributes 1,000 new videos per month. Today's move to high definition will cover English and French videos, and over the coming weeks it will be expanded to cover those in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, German and Polish.

Interestingly, the AFP will also provide video directly formatted for the iPad. More and more news outlets have been launching applications for Apple's best-selling tablet device, which offers significant potential for multimedia innovation.

"Being the first global news agency to launch high definition videos signals AFP's continued effort to adapt to the market's latest technological advances," said the agency's chairman and chief executive, Emmanuel Hoog.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-09-15 15:45

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Agence France-Presse chairman and CEO Pierre Louette announced today that he was to step down and take up the position of secretary general at France Telecom in April, AFP reported. His reasons for the move are not clear.

Louette will remain at AFP until the end of March. He will seek candidates for his replacement, and a successor will be chosen by the AFP's board of eight representatives of the press, three from government, two from state broadcasters and two from the agency's staff.

In March last year, Louette proposed changing the status of the AFP from an autonomous non-profit organisation to that of a state-owned company. Currently, it has no capital or shareholders, cannot run at a loss and is run by a board that includes its main French clients, AFP explained. Louette believed that the organisation's status did not give it a chance to innovate or develop, and wanted the agency to be able to invest and raise funds.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-02-24 17:17

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Sylvie Kauffmann (left) made history at Le Monde, Monday, becoming the first woman to be appointed executive editor at the 65-year-old publication. She called the appointment "the final stage of an evolution" for the newspaper, underling her sex "was not the deciding factor." As executive editor she replaces Alain Frachon, who was contracted for two years from 2007.

Initially hired by the publication in 1988 "for her expertise on Eastern European politics and society", Kauffmann's career at one of France's most widely read newspapers has seen her in the roles of deputy executive editor, Washington correspondent, New York correspondent and most recently Southeast Asia correspondent.

Of the news, Kauffmann told the New York Times: "It's a very exciting job, but it's also sobering, considering the terrible difficulties of the printed press," calling the prospect of leading the traditional paper into the digital age "a huge challenge". Nevertheless, the newspaper's website has always maintained paywall.

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-01-20 16:18

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