French-Japanese TV presenter Christel Takigawa, 31, has been a consistent ratings winner for Fuji TV each night from 11:30 p.m. Maybe she is just the tonic that tired workers need when they arrive home. While many agencies and advertising companies offer her freelance assignments, Fuji is eager to retain her.
“Fuji TV seems to have already decided to launch a new company by December together with her management company, Cent Force, which has lots of popular female TV presenters such as Mao Kobayashi,” says a TV insider. A spokesperson for Fuji says, “We cannot comment on it at the moment. But we will shortly make an announcement.”
Why would Fuji launch a new company? Another TV insider points out Takigawa's affiliation is the key issue. He says, “Simply speaking, Fuji is trying to retain Takigawa by launching a new company so she can appear not only Fuji's programs but also its TV commercials and magazines. Fuji doesn't want her to transfer to another agency.”
Takigawa is not actually affiliated directly with Fuji TV but to its subsidiary company Kyodo Television. Currently, her annual income is believed to be about 9 million yen. But insiders say it is already the maximum salary for an employee of the company. The new company is expected to raise her income.
Gossip reporter Kozo Inoue says, “Kyoko Uchida, an ex-Fuji announcer, now earns 20 million yen per TV commercial. Many companies are eager to feature Takigawa in their commercials. I'd say she could earn at least 50 million yen a year very easily.” (Translated by Taro Fujimoto)© Japan Today