He divides his time between Monaco, where he lives, Paris and Brussels. Restrictions have limited his travels during the health crisis but determined to make his contribution, the journalist-producer is currently tackling a number of projects about his native land.
“I felt duty-bound to do my national service”. Concerned about his country, Monegasque Yann-Antony Noghès did not hesitate to volunteer his services when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Principality. “If I had had medical expertise, I would have volunteered at the CHPG, but all I could do was inform people. After talking it through with Geneviève Berti at the Direction de Communication, we decided to set up regular coverage.” Monaco Face au Covid-19 thus appeared on the Monegasque channel’s programme schedule and for several weeks Yann-Antony presented unfiltered interviews with various country representatives. “I stuck with my straight-talking to get answers to the real questions being asked by Monegasques. Some may have been surprised, but I got the impression that political personalities appreciated the fact they were sometimes put on the spot and had the opportunity to deliver the most credible message possible to viewers”.
Live from La Vigie
Once the confinement was lifted, Yann-Antony created the weekly magazine programme La Vigie, broadcast on Sunday evenings on Monaco info. “The choice of the location quickly became obvious and I am very grateful to the SBM for letting us shoot it there. This iconic villa situated at the crossroads of Europe offers a unique perspective on the Principality. You feel ‘timeless’ there, and that makes you want to open up.” Once on-site, the journalist also had the joy of seeing several photos that particularly affected him: “I discovered a photo of my uncle in swimming trunks posing for the SBM in the fifties and pictures of my grandfather at the Monaco Grand Prix”. Businessman Fabrice Larue was the first to divulge his story, paving the way for other prominent personalities.
Nothing is impossible
With a grandfather who created the Monaco Grand Prix, an uncle who was a tennis champion and a father who was Monaco’s ambassador to the United Nations and Washington, Yann-Antony had to be ambitious. His vocation for journalism was born at the age of 13, galvanised by the Rock’s hectic current events. As the opportunity presented itself, the young man jetted off to the United States to study communication and international relations. “I completely immersed myself in American culture. I lived on campus, I was part of a fraternity… Work hard, play hard. During the week you put in long hours and at the weekend you let off steam completely!” Deeply marked by this thirst for success, he subsequently joined the IFP (Institut Français de Presse), working as an intern on the parliamentary channel and a program on Europe, recorded in Brussels. An opportunity that allowed him to prove himself, get hired and progress in the largest editorial offices.
A passion for production
Yann-Antony is curious and passionate on all fronts. He presents in parallel four weekly programmes: La Faute à l’Europe and Zéro Émission on France Info, Coûte Que Coûte on Belgian television and La Vigie on Monaco Info. He also finds time for numerous documentary projects. Since November, the behind-the-scenes of European power has captured his attention. “We follow Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, and various political figures such as Emmanuel Macron. All negotiations are by videoconference because of the health crisis, but this poses confidentiality problems, no connections are made… There’s a kind of blockage. We discover the strength and importance of human relationships. The report explains how European politicians are working to save 500 million people’s economy. It’s a first”. That’s not all. A docu-drama on the life of Prince Albert I is under discussion, and a documentary about the circus with H.S.H. Princess Stephanie entitled Les Oscars du Cirque is also in the pipeline. Suffice to say that Yann-Antony has not yet finished doing what motivates him every day: “Enabling people to grasp the subtleties of today’s major issues”. By Caroline Stefani