Olivier Poivre d’Arvor (the director of France Culture Plus who has also been the director of the French Institute of the United Kingdom from 1994 to 1999) used the occasion of the summer programme season to announce the launch of a new web radio “France Culture Plus”. This station will be specifically aimed at students and will be available for the beginning of October 2012.
Olivier Poivre d’Arvor explains: “We are creating this radio station because every day we have the feeling of being a prisoner to what we call a programme. We strongly desire change, but in respect to the regular rendez-vous of the radio station. The programmes from 'France Culture' are rarely listened to by students, instead by upscale professionals and listeners aged from 50-55 years (on average)”. Olivier Poivre d’Arvor wisely reminds us that France has 2.5 millions students: quite a potential for the web radio.
On the program: a quarter of the content will be from the 'France Culture' programme and the other three quarters from “fresh content”, created notably by students and available as a data base bank on the “France Culture Plus” website.
The station will also broadcast a large number of “important conferences, symposium presented by French universities and by les Grandes Écoles (selective, elite higher education institutes in France).