Wake up to London's new French voice
For London's 400,000 native French speakers and the countless Francophiles - second home owners, holiday makers, gourmands, linguists - the countdown to French Radio London's (FRL) first broadcast on November 17 is well underway.
FRL, which has secured a channel slot on the London II DAB digital radio multiplex, is the capital's first French language terrestrial broadcast station. Pascal Grierson, FRL's CEO said: "The preliminary research indicates that France's "Fifth City" has a huge appetite for this station. We are delighted that the Ambassador, Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, has agreed to host a party at the Embassy to mark FRL's début."
Olivier Jauffrit has signed up to host the weekday breakfast show between 06.00 and 10.00. After a successful broadcasting career spanning over 20 years in France, which included stints at Rire et Chansons and Europe 2, Olivier moved to the UK in 2003. Olivier comments: "I am delighted to be in at the start of FRL which I am sure is going to pick up many regular listeners. They can look forward to a lively mélange of the very best of French music from the past and present and aimed to appeal primarily to French music tastes."
Also joining FRL, which has studios and offices in central London, is Jean-Michel Duffrene.
For more than 20 years, Jean-Michel worked as a producer in the French Language section of the BBC World Service and he has managed programme teams and a worldwide network of correspondents at BBC Afrique.
The London II DAB network covers the Greater London area and reaches 4.5 million households (approximately 11 million people).
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