French TV star Nagui picked up €100 million deal from public broadcaster

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French television star and producer Nagui was given a 100-million-euro three-year contract with public broadcaster France Télévisions, which is largely funded by a television licence paid by the general public, Mediapart can reveal. The revelation falls at a time when the public broadcaster has been forced to cut budgets and offer voluntary redundancies to save money, and will refuel debates about how much of the organisation's money should be spent on trying to keep its high-profile stars. The news that France Télévisions president Delphine Ernottee personally took charge of the negotiations also comes just days before a decision is due on whether she will reappointed when her own contract comes to an end. Michaël Hajdenberg and Antton Rouget report.

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The leading French television personality and producer Nagui was awarded a contract worth 100 million euros over three years by public broadcaster France Télévisions, Mediapart can reveal. The deal between the Egyptian-born star and the state-owned company, which is largely funded by the obligatory television licence paid by the French public, highlights how much public broadcasters are prepared to pay to keep their star names.