Christine Ockrent (born 24 April 1944) is a Belgian journalist whose career has principally centered on French television.
Life and career
Daughter of Belgian diplomat Roger Ockrent, she was born in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated from Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 1965. She worked for American television and collaborated on 60 Minutes, the CBS News Magazine. Back in France, she worked on Europe 1, a national radio station where she was in charge of morning news. In 1981, she became the first female anchor of the 8 pm news on the Antenne 2 television channel. Afterwards, she worked for TF1. By the end of her career, she had returned to France 2 as anchor of the evening news, and then for France 3 since 1990 where she was the host of different news magazines.
She was chief of the L'Express editorial office. For over a decade she presented France Europe Express a TV show oriented on European issues. She is a fervent supporter of a united Europe, she proved so by signing the Soros call for a federal answer to the crisis of the euro.
Ockrent held the number two post at the Société de l'audiovisuel extérieur de la France, until she was relieved in May 2011. She refused to resign, saying that she had had to endure "nine months of manoeuvres that have sullied my honour and reputation".
She is a former member of the Saint-Simon Foundation think-tank.
In 2002, Ockrent wrote the preface to Ma guerre à L’indifference (English: My war against indifference), a book by United Nations official Jean-Sélim Kanaan.
- "As concerned Europeans we urge eurozone leaders to unite". Financial Times. 12 October 2011.
- Christine Ockrent. "AEF : Christine Ockrent demande 650.000 euros de dédommagements". Ozap.com.
- Nouveau Grub Street, The Economist, 31 May 2007 (English)
- Notice biographique, Who's Who in France, 2008
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