To see his warm smile on television, the enthusiasm of his warm voice and his catchy launches, Jean-Marc Morandini does not seem overwhelmed by the accusations of "corruption of a minor over 15 years" which have weighed on him for four years. Because, as bad as it is for its image, the case revealed by Les Inrocks in the summer of 2016 has not slowed down his career. Quite the contrary. If he stays away from journalists, the host consoles himself by noting that he has never done so much on the air than during this 2019-2020 season.
A daily every morning live on CNews, another in the wake of NRJ 12, which also counts on him in the first part of the evening with the magazines "Crimes", "Urgences", "Retrouvailles" ... Just on the number channel 12, Morandini accumulates some weeks more than 30 hours on the air! This dizzying figure should climb from the start of the next school year, since his mid-day meeting will now be twice as long! "The daily returns with twice as many emissions from Monday, August 24 from 12:15 to 3 pm", rejoiced this Tuesday the chain with the red logo in a press release.
For four years, Jean-Marc Morandini can count on the unwavering support of his bosses. "Presumption of innocence to the end", repeats a leader of the Canal + group. But respect for the law is not the only motivation of CNews and NRJ 12. Wherever Morandini goes, Médiamétrie is panicking. Fans of the man nicknamed "J2M" seem convinced of his innocence.
On CNews, the presenter had an average of 285,000 followers between March and June. This constantly increasing score allows the small news channel to be the third most watched DTT channel at this time, behind BFMTV and RMC Story, and far ahead of the behemoths C8 and TMC. On NRJ 12, “Crimes” is slowing down slightly this season (465,000 viewers every Monday evening, or 1.9% of PDA). But the magazine launched in 2013 remains one of the channel's strongest events.
Europe 1 suffered from his departure
The dismissal of Jean-Marc Morandini for correction will not change NRJ 12 or CNews' mind. "In France, we forgive everything to people who are audience ..." blows a competitor. Yet hardly the case revealed, Europe 1 did not hesitate to immediately lay off its bulky star. The station had no real choice: Jean-Marc Morandini had brought young men behind the scenes of his radio show.
The magazine Les Inrocks also accused him of coming into contact with young men via a false casting director nicknamed "Catherine Leclerc". Leclerc, like Julie Leclerc, the mythical voice of Europe 1, with whom he presented his show as a duet for 13 years. The host was upset to see her name borrowed… But Europe 1 paid dearly for this position of principle. The departure of Morandini has accelerated the downfall of the station, not yet recovered from the departure of Laurent Ruquier for RTL.
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Will CNews and NRJ 12 regret their support when the host is summoned to court? "Everything in its time," annoys one of his relatives, used to strong shocks. In 2016, the arrival of Jean-Marc Morandini on the iTélé antenna, just a few weeks after the opening of the judicial investigation, caused a 31-day strike, and a hundred departures.