Jean Lesieur is the Editorial Director (and one of the co-founders) of the international news channel France 24, broadcasting 24 hrs a day simultaneously in French, in English, and in Arabic. France 24 was launched in December 2006 and is available in 180 countries through cable, satellite, ADSL, web, iPhone, iPad. France 24 has 280 journalists full time (41 different nationalities represented) and almost 1000 correspondents throughout the world. Its web site numbers almost 5 million unique visitors a month, 80% of them connecting outside of France.
Before joining France 24, Jean Lesieur was an editorial adviser to the Executive Board of the Hachette Filipacchi Magazine Group in New York and Paris. He was also for many years International Correspondent and Managing Editor for French news magazines Le Point (1977 to 1989) and L’Express (1989 to 1995). A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School (1974), he is an occasional contributor to the op-ed pages of The Providence Journal. He is the author of two books : L’Affaire Carolyn Black, a novel, Editions JC Lattès, 1998, and, under a pen name, of a memoir that was awarded two literary prizes in France. Publisher’s Weekly reviewed it as “a moving memoir, written in haunting prose… An intense book”.