Back on the France 3 channel following a sick leave to treat her lung cancer, journalist Catherine Matausch has just learned very bad news, which calls her professional future into question.
Iconic face of France 3, Catherine Matausch presents the 19/20 every weekend since 1987. However, the journalist recently had to take a few months off the air for medical reasons. In fact, the host was on sick leave to treat her lung cancer. As a reminder, it is this same cancer that was fatal to the former star presenter of the 1 p.m. TF1Jean-Pierre Pernaut, died at the age of 71 on March 2, 2022. “I’m doing well. I’m better“, assured Catherine Matausch in an interview with TV Major Channels.
Back in command 19/20 of France 3 the weekend recently, the journalist has learned very bad news, which completely calls into question her future on the public channel. Indeed, the management of France Télévisions has taken the heavy decision to purely and simply suppress the national editions of the television news of the 3rd channel. A choice which was formalized during the public audiovisual group’s back-to-school press conference on Wednesday July 6, 2022. Le 12/13 as well as the 19/20 will cease to be broadcast on the antenna of France 3 from 2023.
Catherine Matausch bitter after learning of the end of national news on France 3
The management of France Télévisions has therefore decided to take an additional step in the regionalization of the 3rd channel, by replacing the national television news with extended regional news on each of the local antennas of France 3. These will now last an hour, and they will deal with regional news as well as national and even international news. On his side, the national editorial staff France 3 will merge with that of France 2. Catherine Matausch will therefore stop presenting the 19/20 every weekend after 36 years of good and loyal service. A news that the journalist welcomed with bitterness. “Trying to fall asleep when you have just learned the end of 19/20 and 12/13 in September 2023 on France 3. So many questions“, she wrote on Instagram.