This is probably the best thread to post this - in the hope someone knows what is going on.
Despite having a very limited grasp of French, I do like watching the live broadcast/simlcast of France 2's Tele Matin on TV5Monde.
Since Feburary the studio segments have been rather umm... French in style!.
For a couple of weeks they were in a very small studio (with the acoustics of a cupboard) 3 fixed cameras, and vt stings to mask the contributers moving in and out of the booth. At the end of the news bully a couple of days in to this arrangment, the newsreader gave out what I think was some form of appology about the service and I think I worked out that was some form of technicians strike meaning the usual Studio B where the show comes from was out of use. Fair enough. The rest of the show looked technically ok, so I guess it was the news journalists that were doing all the 'heavy lifting' on the show techincally.
But, for the past couple of weeks, we've have William Leymergie sitting at desk with a frosted spotlight arrangement behind him (all very cold, white and clinical) a couple of big screens to the left and right, and none of the usual moving around the studio to a different desk presentation point for each item - or the reporter walking into shot and up to the presentation area.
More bizzare, the News, Sport and Weather now appear to be done 'done the line' from another studio entirely, whereas before they were done in the same studio as William was. Previously with the sport and weather presenters, they joined William at one of the presentation desks, so were in the same mid range 2-shot. Now it's all done with split screen boxes.
I'm finding it a very curious way to do a programme.
Is the strike still on going, and this arrangement is better than the cupboard studio (I know it's the emergency studio and they have no choice but to muddle through and use it) they've used in the past couple of weeks?
Or has there been some sort of restructure of the news division at France Televisions, and the production of Tele Matin been moved to another departement, which is why the News/Weather/Sport is now being presented away from the studio William is in, and in a studio of their own? Is William even in the same building?
Any help from our French experts would be most welcome.