Jean-Paul Philippot

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Jean-Paul Philippot (born June 26, 1960) is the current administrator-general of Radio télévision belge de la communauté française (RTBF) and president on the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

Background[edit]

Born in Liège, Belgium on 26 June 1960, Philippot graduated in Commercial Engineering from the Solvay Business School of the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1984.

Career[edit]

Philippot was appointed administrator general of the RTBF in 2002 and immediately embarked on a policy of retrenchment and centralisation recommended by Andersen Consulting, which led to strikes and protests.[1]

In December 2015 the former editor-in-chief of the RTBF television news accused him of being in the pocket of the Socialist party.[2] In March 2016 Philippott was reported to be the best-paid public employee in French-speaking Belgium, and the only one whose annual pay exceeded the statutory maximum of 250,000 euros.[3] In April 2016 he told a parliamentary committee on media that the RTBF was not top-heavy with managers and they were not overpaid.[4]

He was elected as the president of the EBU at the general meeting in July 2008 held in Budapest, Hungary. In 2016 he was re-elected for his fifth consecutive term.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rik Otten, Achter televisie: Omroepmarkten en -structuren in West-Europa (Antwerp and Apeldoorn, 2011), pp. 284-287.
  2. ^ Bouche, Michaël (17 December 2015). "Dauriac: "La direction de la RTBF est le larbin du PS"". 7sur7. 
  3. ^ "Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles: voici les plus gros salaires des patrons des organismes publics". Sudinfo. 5 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jean-Paul Philippot: «La RTBF n'est pas une armée mexicaine»". Le Soir. 19 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jean-Paul Philippot réélu à la présidence de l'UER". 7sur7. 17 June 2016.