Pascal Josèphe will have shaped the antennas of several private or public channels during his career. Great visionary figure of French audiovisual, he died the morning of his 68e birthday, Sunday, November 20, at his home in Montreuil-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis) following a “devastating disease”.
Born in Chinon (Indre-et-Loire) in 1954 from the union of Noël Josèphe, president of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais regional council, and Aimée Pladys, school director, he studied in Béthune .
A graduate of the Graduate School of Journalism (ESJ) in Lille and the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Strasbourg, Pascal Josephe began his career at the town hall of Lille in 1978 as head of information. He then joined in 1983 his mentor and friend Hervé Bourges at Radio France internationale (RFI), then at TF1.
This quiet man with piercing blue eyes, who shone with the gentleness and accuracy of his speeches according to those close to him, had been director of the antennas of TF1, then of La Cinq, before being appointed deputy general manager of Antenne 2 and FR3, which in 1992 he led the change of name to France 2 and France 3. In order to feed the thinking of channels and content producers, he also founded his consulting firm, International Media Consultants Associés (IMCA), In 1994.
“A Lord of Television”
Throughout his career, he has helped launch dozens of iconic shows. “Taratata”, “The Midnight Circle”, “Frou-frou”, “Low the masks”, “Geopolis”, or even the series The Institute carry his mark on France 2. “For him, television was not just entertainment, he wanted programs that help reflect on our society and bring understanding”says his friend Olivier Zegna Rata.
In April 2015, when the Superior Council of Audiovisual (CSA) had to choose a new leader for France Télévisions, Delphine Ernotte narrowly won over Pascal Josèphe, after two successive votes which had not made it possible to decide between them. The latter greeted “the memory of a lord of public television who had made it his passion”while the TF1 group honored “the memory of a great man of the media”.
Testimony of the great emotion aroused by the death of the journalist: the presenter of the “13 hours” of France 2, Leïla Kaddour, could not hold back her tears by paying tribute at the end of her newspaper to a “great gentleman of television”. Sadness shared by Mathieu Gallet, former president of Radio France, who keeps the image of a “truly good comrade, bright and deep”.
In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, Culture Minister Rima Abdul-Malak lamented the loss of“a great professional who has dedicated his life to the duty to inform our fellow citizens, to the transmission of culture and openness to the world”. A few hours later, it was with a long text that Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, paid tribute to Mr. Josephus, a program designer “popular and demanding” having done “of television the great story of his life”.
“With the disappearance of Pascal Josephe, one of the most talented servants of the audiovisual industry is leaving us”has, for its part, reacted on Twitter Roch-Olivier Maistre, president of the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority (Arcom, ex-CSA).
More recently, Pascal Josèphe got involved in the Plumm.tv project, a 100% video digital platform dedicated to Mediterranean popular culture, youth and creation, alongside Guillaume Pfister, secretary general of Public Sénat, and Rachid Arhab, former journalist for France 2 and former member of the CSA. For the latter, “Pascal Josephe had an unwavering commitment to public service, he explains to World, an intimate knowledge of all the cogs of the audiovisual sector and has always known how to keep an equal distance from the powers”.
A singular man, who always liked to receive his friends in his country house in Chinon, and had not forgotten his roots in the north of France.
Pascal Josephe in a few dates
November 20, 1954 Born in Chinon (Indre-et-Loire)
1992 Leads the name change of Antenne 2 and FR3 in France 2 and France 3
November 20, 2022 Died in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis)