As for this week’s news, which was before the start of the war in Ukraine, we return with Estelle Cognac, editorial director of Franceinfo, to the editorial interpretation of the programs of the presidential candidates. And we start with this message from the listener.
“I regularly listen to your antenna and try in vain to hear political journalists analyzing the content of candidates’ programs. On a daily basis, we are bombarded with the actions of the candidates, their movements, the number of people present at their meetings, their alliance or not. The content of the proposals is never discussed in detail or analyzed.”
Emmanuelle Daviet: Estelle Cognac, do you think this remark is justified? Do you offer a comparative analysis of candidate programs?
Estelle Cognac: First, there are several points: the presidential campaign has different times and programs of candidates. We also see them gradually revealing them as the campaign progresses. Thus, we do not always have enough information to compare different programs. And everything related to alliances, trips, meetings is part of what drives the presidential campaign.
Subsequently, we have already dealt with a comparative analysis of programs or programs of candidates for several programs, in particular Our Presidential Morningswhich we started in October, where we have a candidate who talks about the news in the morning, of course, but also about the elements of his thematic program. And in that sequence, we also have questions from the audience. As a result, it allows you to get an idea of the candidate’s program.
We’ll be back from March 8th for a new phase of the campaign where we’ll have nominees entered, where the programs will be a bit more precise, and we’ll set up a new sequence in the morning. And there we will compare the programs of each and explain them. So I would say that there are several times in the campaign.
Emmanuel Davieu: We continue with a remark that is a bit specific but deserves to be passed on because it invites us to remember the principle of rebroadcasting stories that is characteristic of a continuous news channel.
Here is the message: “Faithful franceinfo listener, considering your information to be reliable, I deplore the practice of rebroadcasting interviews and reports, making the listener believe it’s live, not being honest about the form, making you doubt the fund. Why pretend that he is alive, in particular, launching mistrust and conspiracy during this period? I can only urge you to be as honest as possible.”
How would you respond to this comment?
Estelle Cognac: I don’t think it’s a matter of journalistic or editorial integrity on our part, but simply a matter of running a continuous news channel. Today we can’t be live on our antenna 24 hours a day. And then, Franceinfo was built to relay a certain amount of its editorial content, its reports, its guests. So something can be live at one time and rebroadcast two or three times at other times of the day.
Similarly, we have journalists who work seven days a week, and there are periods when they may or may not be on the air, as for organizational reasons, because when we are in the field, “we follow the event, the meeting , demonstration or today in Ukraine it is not always possible to be live. But on the other hand, we also record live for the listener’s comfort. So I don’t think it’s a question of fairness or not in all of this, but rather a question of the Franceinfo organization.
We end with the love FranceInfo listeners have for the show. informed with correspondents from the foreign press on Saturday evening, from the first issue, two weeks ago, and they wrote to say all the good things he thought about it. So, a few posts:
“I found this program excellent. These journalists were well aware of our French politics, and they also had an outsider’s point of view, which I found very interesting.” Another message : “What a breath of fresh air for informed about FranceInformation on Saturday evening. Another look at France. And then journalists who express themselves perfectly. It needs to be updated more often.”
Estelle Cognac, were these posts an incentive to update the formula?
I would say yes, it’s part of it. We carried out this experiment in informed, because we are present seven days a week on our antenna. We wanted to look at the presidential campaign in France, through the eyes of foreign journalists in France or those who work for foreign media, to see exactly what they are holding back from it, if there are other facts, other political moments on their side, and through the prism of their country. .
And I must say that we were also very pleased with the first episode, and that the messages we received, for the first and for the second, encourage us to continue and renew this experience, and also try to open up to as many correspondents as possible. so we have views from several European countries.