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New CEOs at Orange Spain, France

The Orange group has announcesd the appointment of Jean-François Fallacher as CEO of Orange France from April 3rd. He will replace Fabienne Dulac, who after eight years at the helm, has chosen to take on new challenges within the Group. Dulac will remain on the Executive Committee and will contribute to the deployment of the […]

January 31, 2023

Niel wants TF1/M6 DTT frequencies

French media entrepreneur Xavier Niel, owner of telecom group Iliad (Free) and several publications including Le Monde, has told broadcast regulator Arcom he is interested in acquiring TF1 and M6 DTT frequencies. Arcom is currently handling the renewal of both channels’ FTA DTT authorisations, which expire on May 5th. Three bids have been filed, those […]

January 24, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France : 50m people watch content daily

Post-Covid trends in 2022 have confirmed the acceleration of video consumption as the number of offerings and platforms is expanding rapidly in France, according to the Médiamétrie 2022 TV Year study. Some 50.4 million French users (88 per cent) now watch videos daily, whether on a connected TV, VoD or social networks. This represents a […]

January 20, 2023

Salto on the brink

French streaming platform Salto could shut its service by the end of this week according to reports in the French media. Salto went live in October 2020 co-owned by French broadcasters, TF1, France Télévisions and M6, but has failed to attract a substantial subscriber base; it currently stands at around 800,000 – far behind the […]

January 17, 2023

Warner Pass on Prime Video France

Warner Bros Discovery has announced a deal with Prime Video France to launch a new offering bringing together a library of WBD content in France. The Warner Pass will be available exclusively though Amazon Prime Video Channels in France, and will provide access to HBO content and 12 channels including Warner TV, Eurosport, Discovery Channel, […]

January 12, 2023

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

TF1 Rugby World Cup deal with France Télévisions, M6

France’s TF1 group has entered into a sub-licensing deal with the France Télévisions and M6 groups for the screening of 28 matches from the Rugby World Cup 2023, which takes place in France from September 8th to October 28th. Thanks to the deal, French viewers to watch the entire tournament free of charge. TF1, the […]

January 12, 2023

France: IEC Telecom becomes Starlink reseller

French satellite services company IEC Telecom has been appointed a reseller for SpaceX’s Starlink broadband system. IEC Telecom has announced a new service portfolio with Starlink capacity for satcom users from home office workers to international enterprises and maritime businesses. IEC already supplies clients with sat-phones, Thales maritime products and has been in business some […]

January 12, 2023By Chris Forrester

Sony launches production studio with Crystal LED tech

Sony has joined forces with Plateau Virtuel (virtual production studio, subsidiary of the Novelty-Magnum-Dushow Group) and Studios de France (a set provider for broadcasting in France) to create the first virtual studio with a 90m² Sony Crystal LED B-series screen (18m wide x 5m high) in Seine Saint Denis, north of Paris, France. This unique […]

January 12, 2023

Canal+ drops Warner channels

French broadcaster Canal+ has stopped carrying Warner Bros Discovery’s seven linear channels, as well as its catch-up TV services via MyCanal, since no agreement has been reached between the two parties regarding their continued distribution. Warner Bros Discovery will now seek a new distribution partner in France for the channels. “We regret that channels Cartoon […]

January 11, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris