Mediapro takes Orange France to Court
May 19, 2021
From David Del Valle in Madrid
Spanish TV group Mediapro has taken legal action against Orange France before the Paris Commercial Court demanding – €3.6 million over La Ligue 1 and 2 football TV rights.
Mediapro justifies that amount on the grounds that it needs to pay its suppliers and former employees. Orange has refused that request and asked for a compensation of over €6 million as a result of the closure of Telefoot that stopped the football transmissions.
Mediapro says that there has been no interruption of service for Orange subscribers since they switched to Canal+ offers on the weekend of the break between the two channels .
The group, led by Jaume Roures, had been forced to sell its TV rights and reimburse the Professional Football League up to €100 million in exchange for the lack of legal action.
Roures’ group has already taken Canal+ to Court last November for “abuse of a dominant position”.