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French Senate approves TV licence fee axe

Members of the French Senate, the country’s upper legislative chamber, have approved government legislation abolishing the country’s TV licence fee. The house voted in favour of the legislation 196 votes to 147. The move follows a July vote in the lower house. The decision to axe the fee follows an election promise by President Emmanuel […]

August 2, 2022By Colin Mann

France axes PSB licence fee

French deputies have voted to end the licence fee financing PSB groups, a project that was examined as part of the corrective finance bill for 2022. The Assembly replaced its funding by a percentage of VAT for a total amount of €3.7 billion. This element of VAT will be determined annually as part of the […]

July 25, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

French PSBs to boost streaming

French PSB group France Télévisions has revealed its ambition to double its TV series line-up on digital catch-up platform Presenting its 2022-2023 season, France Télévisions is particularly seeking to attract a younger audience to its free-of-charge video platform. According to president Delphine Ernotte-Cuni, is set to become the “leading French video platform” offering […]

July 8, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

EBU President & VP re-elected; new execs

Delphine Ernotte-Cunci and Petr Dvořák have been re-elected to serve a second two-year mandate as President and Vice-President of the Executive Board while UA:PBC’s Mykola Chernotytskyi and BR’s Dr Katja Wildermuth take up vacant positions on the Board. The Board was elected by the Director Generals of EBU Members at the 88th General Assembly in […]

July 1, 2022

France: Prime Video enhances Roland-Garros coverage

Co-hosting the forthcoming Roland-Garros French open tennis tournament along with France Télévisions, streaming platform Prime Video has confirmed coverage of all the main matches in 4K. This will be complemented with an audio multi-track option that allows the choice of watching a match with or without commentary. This option will be available via the web, […]

May 17, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Six Nations Rugby, France Télévisions convert deal

Six Nations Rugby and France Télévisions are set to continue their relationship, after agreeing an extension in principle that will build on the current partnership. The national French broadcaster will have exclusive rights to bring fans all fifteen Guinness Six Nations matches, and all fifteen TikTok Women’s Six Nations fixtures from 2023 to 2025 inclusive. […]

May 10, 2022

Salto on Prime Video

French SvoD service Salto, the joint venture between TF1, M6 and France Télévisions, has concluded a strategic partnership with Prime Video in Europe, allowing all Amazon Prime customers to subscribe to Salto directly from Prime Video Channels as of early May 2022. For €6.99, new subscribers will have access to films, TV series, docuumentary and […]

April 14, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

French Senate eyes tougher plurality rules

French broadcasting rules and obligations are probably the toughest in Europe, and are likely to become even more rigid. The French senate has published a report on media concentration, which some observers say was prompted by the merger proposals between TF1 and M6 and the Vivendi take-over bid of Lagardère. A report to clients from […]

April 4, 2022

Netflix orders Tour de France docuseries

Netflix is partnering with ASO for a documentary series on the 2022 Tour de France Cycle race. In partnership with France Télévisions and produced by Quadbox, the series will follow the journey of eight teams participating in the famous bike race. The eight-episode documentary will take on all actors of the Tour de France, from […]

March 31, 2022

Merged TF1, M6 to take control of Salto

Following the May 17th 2021 announcement of the proposed merger between the TF1 and M6 groups, the France Télévisions group expressed its wish, if the merger is completed, to divest its equity interest in Salto (the subscription video on demand service launched in October 2020 and owned in equal shares by France Télévisions, TF1 and […]

March 25, 2022By Colin Mann