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Canal+ makes key appointments

Pay TV operator Canal+ Group has reshuffled executive roles after naming René Saal as director of broadcast channels and premium strategy for its Canal+ Overseas arm, effective March 2.

Saal will report to Canal+ Overseas president Jacques Le Puy on strategy for premium channels and to content chief François Deplanck on broadcasting matters.

The broadcaster has named Thierry Langlois, currently head of thematic channels, as director of broadcast channels for Canal+, replacing Saal, also effective March 2. He will report to Maxime Saada, deputy CEO of Canal+ in charge of pay TV channels.

Claire Basini will replace Langlois in his current role as director of thematic channels, taking up her post on July 1 after working with Langlois in the interim. Whe will also report to Saada.

Basini joined Canal+ in 2011 from L’Oréal in 2011 with responsibility for advertising and partnerships, taking charge of Canalsat’s advertising and partnership activities a year later.