Managing director of the TV department for French broadcaster Lagardère Active Caroline Cochaux has left the company.
Cochaux’s departure comes a few days after French media company M6 Groupe finalized its acquisition of Lagardère’s TV division, though her decision to leave is unrelated to the takeover, according to a spokesperson from M6. The is no information on when Cochaux left the position or who her replacement is, yet.
The veteran broadcast exec has worked at Lagardère Active since 2013 and in that time she’s served as the director of broadcast and programs for youth and family channels before her remit expanded taking over as director of television channels, broadcast and programs. This role covered all of Lagardère’s kids channels, including Gulli, Canal J and Tiji.
M6 Groupe finalized the acquisition of the entire share capital of the companies that make up Lagardère’s TV business (excluding classical, jazz and dance music channel Mezzo) on September 2. The deal cost US$ 237.6 million (EU$215 million), according to M6.
The French media company previously didn’t have any dedicated channels for children, but it did have a programming block called M6 Kid for four to 10s. Through the purchase it gains pay-TV channels Canal J, France’s first children’s channel for ages six to 12, and Tiji for kids ages three to six. Catch-up TV platforms Gulli Replay and Gulli Max, which generated a combined total of more than 300 million video views in 2018, and international channels Gulli Africa (French-speaking Africa), Gulli Bil Arabi, Gulli Girl (Middle East) and Tiji Russia are also included in the deal.