May 9, 1997Moving sheetrock to the second floor of Unit 5.
The French government has decided on former RTL programming director Yves Bigot as its preferred candidate to be head of international Francophone channel TV5 Monde, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos.Bigot, who has also served as programming director at Belgian broadcaster RTBF, which holds an 11.1% share in TV5, and was co-creator, with Antoine de Caunes, of the show Rapido, was earlier identified by La Correspondance de la presse as the preferred candidate amongst the channel’s international stakeholders.The post of TV5 chief became vacant after Marie-Christine Saragosse was named as the new chief of the Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France (AEF), the body that oversees France’s external media activities. Bigot’s appointment must be approved by TV5’s partners.
Russian pay TV provider Tricolor TV has added new comedy channel KVN TV to its programming line-up.Tricolor struck a deal with Gazprom Media-owned Red Media to include the channel in its offering. KVN TV is a joint venture between Red Media and production group AMIK.The channel will be included in Tricolor TV’s basic offering. The operator already offers 25 channels from Red Media in its packages, spanning sports, lifestyle and entertainment genres.The channel will air the KVN competition, a long-running comedy phenomenon in Russia that sees teams from across the country compete in developing sketches and comedy routines through a number of leagues in front of a live audience and an panel of judges.