Hiring of black anchor in France is milestone

PARIS (AP) -- France's most popular television network has named a black journalist as a summer replacement for its star anchorman, a key change in the country's almost all-white TV news scene.
Harry Roselmack will anchor the widely watched 8 p.m. news show for TF1 from mid-July until the end of August when Patrick Poivre d'Arvor returns, the station announced this week.
Roselmack told Paris Match magazine that he has "no problems" with being hired in part because of his skin color. "It's up to me to prove that I have my place."
The appointment of Roselmack, 33, originally of Martinique, was big news in France where the press is not considered ethnically diverse, despite large populations of blacks and Arabs.
Unrest in poor French suburbs in November underscored the country's ethnic problem. President Jacques Chirac said the French press needs to "better reflect the reality of France today."
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