Monday, December 05, 2005

What holding company owns l'Équipe?

L'Équipe has endured lingering criticism because it broke its [Lance Armstrong] story after the Tour ended, leading to suspicions of a conflict because of its ownership
writes Doreen Carvajal as the International Herald Tribune reporter touches upon another typical case of conflict of interest in the French media.
"L'Équipe has a special position and it is definitely one of the leading newspapers and a distinguished representative of sports journalism," said Jens Sejer Andersen, director of Play the Game, a group that promotes openness in sports. "But I would say that it has no consistent editorial line with regard to critical sports journalism. L'Équipe is owned by the same holding company that owns the Tour de France and this has been used against it."

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