MediaWatch is our take on the stories big and bizarre in newspapers, on news websites, blogs and on social media. We also look at stories about how the media functions and how it’s evolving in today’s society. Presented by James Creedon, tune in at 8.45 pm and 10.22 pm Paris time.
MEDIAWATCH, Tues. 24/4/2012: More campaign videos as the second round battle commences and this time Sarkozy fans are asked to sum him up in one word. Also, the battle gets under way in earnest for First Lady...and finally a car drives into the metro, thinking its a parking garage.
MEDIAWATCH, Mon. 23/4/2012: Social media leaked exit poll results last night and Paris prosecutors are opening cases against two Belgian websites and one Belgian journalists who tweeted information before the 8pm watershed. Is this another case of obsolete laws being eroded by technology? Also, the shock of the Front National's best election result ever.
MEDIAWATCH, Fri. 20/4/2012: As the French presidential election campaign draws to a close, we take a look at how social media has been used and misused by politicians and the public. Do the viral video and the hashtag contribute to a dumbing down of the discourse?
MEDIAWATCH, Wed. 18/4/2012: Carla Bruni has been tweeting and putting up status updates on her husband's Twitter and Facebook accounts, this as the communications efforts of all parties goes into overdrive in the final week of the campaign. Also, the "2012 Boring Film Festival" (Festival du film chiant) and a blog from a socialist mole inside François Hollande's HQ unveils a surprising degree of pessimism in the favourite's camp.
A former right-wing environment minister urges voters to back the Socialist Party's candidate François Hollande. And members of the Chirac family are opting openly - or almost - to do the same. Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen lambasts what she sees as the cosy relationship between some of France's journalists and the political elite. That's the focus for Tuesday, 17th April 2012.