A broadcasting tribunal will decide tomorrow if Mathieu Gallet can keep his job as president of Radio France after being found guilty in a criminal court of showing favouritism in public office.
It’s not looking good.
If Gallet is fired, music and orchestras are weakened. If he stays, he’s a lame duck and the orchestras are weakened anyway. The Ministry of Culture is planning to merge the two broadcast orchestras in Paris, starting in December 2018, with the loss of more than 100 musicians’ jobs.
The Orchestre de Paris is reeling from Daniel Harding’s resignation, which takes effect in June. They won’t find a music director quickly. Leading talents and agencies are alarmed at the circumstances that led to Harding’s departure.
The whole orchestra scene in Paris is in turmoil. How will they fill that hall?
UPDATE: Gallet is fired.