We search night and day for the important stories. Fluff, trivia and superficiality might have a place elsewhere on the Internet but you'll find none of that at Random Pixels.
So tonight as we were perusing the New York Times website we happened upon a seemingly innocuous item from France. It appeared to document the abrupt replacement of an older male French TV anchor named Patrick Poivre d'Arvor by a younger one named Laurence Ferrari on France's most-watched evening news program
Here's the entire item:
"France’s best-known newscaster, whose name became a brand, is being pushed out after decades on the air because of declining ratings, the French news media reported. The newsman, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, 60, known as PPDA, has been the anchor of the main news program at 8 p.m. on TF1, the country’s largest private broadcaster, since 1987, after years of similar work on the public broadcast station France 2. He will be replaced by Laurence Ferrari, 41, who is both glamorous and popular.But it was that last line of the short dispatch that caused our journalistic instincts to kick in to high gear: "He will be replaced by Laurence Ferrari, 41, who is both glamorous and popular."
It seemed to us like a strange way to characterize the younger anchor. Oddly, there was no mention of Laurence's journalism credentials.
We dug deeper and did a Google image search.
And suddenly it all became crystal clear!That's Patrick on the left and Laurence on the right. Got it?
This all might seem silly to you but today in France this was major front page news.
Makes sense to us!
Bon soir, Patrick!