Cyril Hanouna: “The more we talk about it, the more people look at us”, greets the number 2 of the Canal+ group – 01/11/2024 at 2:06 p.m.

“All these rumors, all these more or less justified controversies, make viewers come,” said the general director of Antenas and Programming of Canal+.

Cyril Hanouna in Paris, March 11, 2023. (AFP / FRANCK FIFE)

If the controversies continue around C8 star Cyril Hanouna, it is good for business, said number 2 of the Canal + group, to which the C8 channel belongs, on Thursday, January 11. “The more we talk about it in the media, the more people see it and the more people believe it,” he said.

“The more buzz there is, the more people watch and realize that the program is interesting and meets expectations”

declared Gérald-Brice Viret on the radio

franceinfo

. “When you turn on an extra in a broadcast for hours in the context, it’s very safe to say that some people are talking about social networks. But at the end, all the buzz, all the political issues plus or justifications, are coming to the viewers,” at -him he insists.

On C8, Hanouna presents in particular “Touche pas à mon poste”, live every eve of the week. The program, which mixes entertainment and current affairs debates, is regularly accused of populism,

accused of favoring confrontations or even transmitting false information.

According to Gérald-Brice Viret, it attracts an average of 1.8 million viewers.

Fine of 4.5 million euros in 2023

This program and other Hanouna broadcasts have been the source of numerous controversies. Last season, this won C8.

a total of 4.5 million euros in fines

from the audiovisual regulator, Arcom. Its defenders, however, argue that TPMP attracts a more popular audience than equivalent programs, thanks to less formal language.

Gérald-Brice Viret assured that he was never surprised by the 49-year-old presenter, whom he found

“extremely sincere”, with “exceptional values” and “a very different tone”.

The manager was also questioned on another group channel,

CNews

, whose headliners are Pascal Praud, Sonia Mabrouk and Laurence Ferrari. This news channel is periodically accused by left-wing personalities of promoting ultra-conservative ideas attributed to billionaire Vincent Bolloré, who controls Vivendi, the group to which Canal+ belongs.

“I will not let you say that we have a far-right prism”

Gérald-Brice Viret responded to the interviewer, who pointed out “an ideological prism, that of the extreme right.”

“Success shows that we have to wait,” he continued, noting that the balance of speaking times was respected “to the nearest second” for political guests. When asked about the compromised positions of journalists and editorial writers, he responded: “I don’t know who is from the right and who is from the left.”

C8 audiences, such as

CNews

have increased in recent months.

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