View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

  1. News
January 23, 2019updated 30 Sep 2022 7:24am

AFP names Sophie Huet as new global editor-in-chief

By Freddy Mayhew

Agence France Presse has appointed Sophie Huet as its new global editor-in-chief.

Huet replaces British journalist Phil Chetwynd who has gone on to take the Paris-based news agency’s top editorial job, becoming the first foreign global news director in its 184-year history.

Jean-Luc Bardet will step into Huet’s previous post as deputy global news director. Both begin their new roles on 4 February this year.

A journalist for 34 years, Huet graduated from the Marseille School of Journalism, starting her career at the Central Press Agency before joining AFP in 1991, working at its bureaux in Rennes, Washington and London.

She worked as deputy bureau chief in Marseille before becoming deputy editor-in-chief for France.

In 2013 she trained in digital project design and took over as head of infographics and innovation and since 2016 she has been deputy to the global news director Michele Leridon.

Huet also represents AFP on the board of Minds International, a network of 22 international news agencies.

Content from our partners
Publishing on the open web is broken, how generative AI could help fix it
Impress: Regulation, arbitration and complaints resolution
Papermule: Workflow automation for publishers

Jean-Luc Bardet has been AFP Regional Director France since September 2017. He joined AFP in 1987 on the France desk, working as a reporter in Besançon and Washington, where he covered the 1992 presidential election.

He was made deputy to the global editor-in-chief and ran the Brussels office for three years before being appointed editor-in-chief for France in 2015.

Picture: AFP

Topics in this article :

Email pged@pressgazette.co.uk to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network