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France: M6, TF1 DTT renewed; SIX thwarted

As widely expected, French TV regulator Arcom has renewed both TF1 and M6’s FTA DTT licences, with their two frequencies set to expire on May 5th. Media entrepreneur Xavier Niel, owner of telecom group Iliad (Free) who had proposed SIX, a linear TV project to replace M6, was unsuccessful following a February 15th hearing of […]

February 23, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: ISPs, rightsholders in anti-piracy pact

French comms regulator Arcom, together with trade bodies l’Association pour la protection des programmes sportifs (APPS) [Association for the Protection of Sports Programmes] and la Fédération Française des Télécoms [French Telecoms Federation] (FFTélécoms) have welcomed the signing of an agreement between the four major ISPs and APPS to strengthen the fight against the illegal distribution […]

January 19, 2023By Colin Mann

Saragosse remains head of France Médias Monde

Marie-Christine Saragosse has been confirmed, by TV regulator Arcom, as president of French international holding France Médias Monde (F2M) for a third term. F2M runs news channel France 24, in French, English, Spanish and Arabic, radio station RFI in French and fifteen foreign languages, as well as Arabic speaking radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya. The […]

January 12, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Russia slams Eutelsat over channel bans

Russia says the banning by regulators of broadcasting Russian channels by the likes of Eutelsat is a restriction on the freedom of speech. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, speaking on December 29th, said that the West’s crackdown on Russian media was not only “a flagrant violation” of freedom of speech, but was also “discriminatory […]

January 3, 2023By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat must stop broadcasting Russia channels

France’s media and broadcasting regulator, Arcom, has ordered Paris-based Eutelsat to stop broadcasting three Russian channels – Rossiya 1, Perviy Kanal and NTV. Eutelsat says it will take the channels off air, however it could be a problem in that NTV+ and Tricolor, two Russian pay-TV bouquets, also include in their multiplexes channels from other […]

December 15, 2022By Chris Forrester

France: Call for DTT service applications

France’s Arcom (Autorité de régulation de la communication audiovisuelle et numérique/Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority) has issued a call for applications for the award of two national FTA High Definition DTT licences. This call comes in light of the expiry of the authorisations currently granted to the TF1 and M6 services. The spectrum, available […]

December 9, 2022By Colin Mann

Arcom clears Altice TF1/M6 channels deal

France’s Autorité de régulation de la communication audiovisuelle et numérique (the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority) Arcom hasgiven its approval to the plans for the takeover by the company Groupe News Participations, a subsidiary of the Altice group, of the companies TFX and M6 Génération. These decisions follow the one issued by the Competition […]

September 5, 2022By Colin Mann

Eutelsat ends NTV Mir transmission

French satellite operator Eutelsat has ceased the European broadcast of Russian satellite channel NTV Mir following a request from media regulator Arcom. The channel had compared Ukrainians to Nazis. The regulator noted that NTV Mir “tends to present repeatedly not only the Ukrainian leadership and the Ukrainian army, but also and above all the Ukrainian […]

August 3, 2022By Colin Mann

M6 shareholders approve TF1 merger

At the presentation of the 2022 Q1 results, M6’s shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the proposed merger with fellow French commercial media group TF1, to form a Bouygues-TF1 entity. The M6-TF1 association, which will create to a French media giant in terms of channel distribution, advertising and audiovisual rights, is set to close in early 2023, […]

April 27, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

M6, Altice discuss 6ter sale

French commercial broadcaster M6 Group has confirmed that it has received a put option for the 6ter channel from Altice Media, and that it has granted it exclusive negotiation rights. The sale of 6ter would be part of the proposed merger of the M6 and TF1 Groups, announced on May 17th, 2021. Following this merger, […]

March 1, 2022By Colin Mann