"A busy return to high school, oh effectively?" "Laughing, Laurent Bignolas performs self-deprecation, Monday after three hours of dwell, by opening the doorways of" Télématin ". A clear operation for many who face storms, after having resumed in September 2017 the chair occupied for thirty-two years by William Leymergie. Within the fall, a dozen columnists have left the ship, denouncing an "execrable" ambiance. It was after France Télévisions entrusted this system to its subsidiary, "France Télévisions Studio", to scale back prices.
Change of administration crew, resetting of contracts, editorial inflection… Moulting has been experienced by some in pain. However Monday, it’s imperceptible within the corridors: in look, every thing is healthier. The administration unambiguously helps Bignolas, at audiences far forward of the competitors: 820,000 devoted every morning from September to December final (26.three% viewers share).
"We’ve got applied a brand new approach of working, issues have calmed down" guarantees the brand new producer Ophélie Radureau, who settles the final begins and recruits two columnists, Charlotte Lipinska (cinema) and Andréa Decaudin (sport). The crew want to flip the web page.
"The interval was painful however issues are going effectively, and it isn’t chewy" swears the journalist Sophie Pignal. "It's a change of period however we’re having enjoyable," bounces Jean-Sébastien Fernandes, sports activities man. "It takes time to get adopted," says Isabelle Martinet, the historic face of the present. "We get alongside effectively," insists Damien Thévenot, the joker of Laurent Bignolas. Bignolas who concentrated the critics and solely delivers his fact.
What evaluation do you make after two and a half years at “Télématin”?
LAURENT BIGNOLAS. I at all times have enthusiasm, even when the alarm rings at three:30 am. What occurs on the air is gasoline for the subsequent day. I can't work significantly with out laughing.
What path did you wish to give to the present?
I used to be informed "be your self". It was troublesome whereas slipping into the sneakers of William Leymergie, who had created it. There was a shock after I arrived. I used to be informed "welcome to the household" with reluctance and kindness. However it’s also welcome to mine ! I cannot change. I attempt to assist a crew and to focus on it. And I wish to accompany individuals on waking up.
"Télématin" has simply gone by way of a number of months of inside storm. Wish to punch the desk?
No, we’ve thick pores and skin. I don’t really feel affected greater than that in my dignity. My reply is the antenna. It touches me as a result of it hurts a crew that I defend.
On the finish of September, some columnists got here to the air in black, others spoke of "mistreatment" by the administration of France 2. How did you expertise it?
For me, it was unfair to search out myself between, on the one hand the corporate I defend and on the opposite sad individuals. Life has been a protracted, quiet river right here for a very long time. We got here to the antenna to carry out in a superb ambiance, and we left. I don't have to guage, I haven't lived it. Merely, it was essential to take the fitting referral. The notice has harm some who’ve complained. I felt the brutality of their response, particularly within the press.
Was it to destabilize you?
Sure, there’s a actual will.
A smear marketing campaign?
Have you ever questioned your self?
After all. We’re neither unscathed nor insensitive. It's been occurring since my arrival. It's not simple to work with a smile whenever you take it within the face. My daughters say to me, "However daddy, what are we speaking about? »My butcher says: You continue to take the face full, my Lolo ! Or the individuals on the grocery store: Don’t let go. There may be a whole lot of assist.
Have you ever made administration errors?
No, I took the place they left me. For a 12 months and a half, I used to be continually on the defensive, in search of who was stabbing me within the again. You possibly can't work with out belief. I had no allies, no pals amongst 40 individuals. It's laborious. Little by little, I bought nearer to one another, who opened up just a little extra. There, I look extra just like the antenna, I really feel extra smiling. Nobody will take my pleasure from me. I’m enthusiastic about crusing. Cheer up within the storm, going through headwinds, I do know. We keep within the competitors and motivated.
Are you paying the value for the brand new group and human useful resource points?
It's attainable. In all circumstances, there’s a fuse. I nonetheless choose that it’s me, I’m able to endure. I at all times mentioned, "If you happen to assume it will possibly put out the hearth, I break." "
So that you had been tempted to surrender?
I might have agreed to be informed to me: "we should let go, we is not going to succeed". I didn’t have this temptation.
And the latest rumors about your departure?
I don't have time to react, as a result of I bought assist instantly. From those that wish to kill me … Or from the administration.
And what does she let you know?
Whats up ! She may have mentioned goodbye. (Laughter)
The brand new system since January makes extra room for information. Is it your paw?
This alteration was crucial, it’s the viewer who calls for it. We added a flash at eight:30 am and new sections: training, new applied sciences, sequence.
Are you frightened about competitors from information channels?
We adapt, including a duplex or an information service between every JT if crucial. "Télématin" is one other provide: you’ll be able to sit in entrance with the will to see the household of the present. We aren’t going to do pure information whereas the group has an information channel! And we had been copied for our pleasant aspect.
Will you be there in September?
If we wish to, I wish to! If I’m not on the air, it is not going to be my fault.