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CSA ban on M6, TF1 switch to free overturned

June 18, 2015

From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

The French Conseil d’Etat has cancelled TV regulatory body CSA’s decision which outlawing the transfer of news and entertainment pay TV channels LCI (TF1) and Paris Première (M6) to free DTT. The CSA argued the arrival of both channels could weaken the free DTT advertising ecosystem and lead to the closure of other channels.

The Conseil d’Etat ruled the decision wrong because of a procedural irregularity, that didn’t take into account any previous economic analysis. It is now asking CSA to re-examine M6’s request within the next six months. As for TF1 Group, it reacted by saying “LCI will now approach the CSA to review the courses of action to be taken regarding the


The CSA said in response: “Both demands will be studied again within the next six months and take account of the ad market equilibrium.”

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