Europe 1 has decided to part ways with its iconic comedian, Nicolas Canteloup, who has officiated in the morning show of private radio since 2005 and who had recently been very critical of Vincent Bolloré, the largest shareholder of the Lagardère group, announced Thursday, July 22 its producer Jean-Marc Dumontet.
“We did not know on July 2 that we would accomplish our last ‘Review of almost’ on Europe 1”, can we read in the text published on the producer’s twitter account, under the message “Nicolas Canteloup and Europe 1 it’s over”. “With deep sadness, we learned that we would no longer return to this beautiful meeting that we have been honoring since 2005”, he added.
“We will therefore leave Europe 1, our house where we have been so free and happy, explains the team of “La Revue de près”, the chronicle of the imitator. For sixteen years (sixteen years!) We will have experienced the privilege of borrowing cross voices in a leading news media. “
“The listeners will be missed. We will miss all the teams we have shared so much with. We would hate if Europe 1 is missing from its history ”, concludes the text, with reference to the fears weighing on the radio, doomed to get closer to CNews, under the influence of Vincent Bolloré, main shareholder of the two media. Discussions will begin on the terms of termination of the comedian’s contract – of 1 million euros per year – which had been extended until 2022.
Departures are piling up
The fate of Nicolas Canteloup has raised questions internally and beyond since the historic five-day strike in June within the station, motivated by the dismissal of a reporter and the fear of a transformation of the radio in “Opinion media” depending on the merger with the Canal + group’s news channel.
Without going on strike, the imitator, the showcase of the radio, had given its support to the movement during caustic chronicles. For the last of the season, he renamed Europe 1 in CNews Radio and mocked “The great Breton captain” Bolloré.
Patrick Cohen, Pascale Clark, Anne Roumanoff, Bertrand Chameroy, Matthieu Belliard, Emilie Mazoyer, Wendy Bouchard… Agreed or forced departures have been accumulating in recent weeks within the radio, some of whose voices will be replaced by personalities from CNews. The radio and the channel will set up a joint program at the start of the school year.