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France Télévisions calls for broadcaster resistance of streamers

French PSB France Télévisions, which has recently been criticised by commercial TV groups for challenging them in terms of ad revenues and editorial strategy, has called on TF1, M6, Canal+ and Altice to ‘stand together’. “It’s our responsibility not to let the platforms impose a kind of cultural uniformity and not to let social networks […]

July 12, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

M6 Q1 down 3%

For the first quarter of the 2023 financial year, French media company M6 Group posted consolidated revenue of €312.9 million, a decline of 3 per cent. Within a weakened economic environment, multimedia advertising revenues recorded a decrease of 2 per cent. Restated for the scope effect related to the deconsolidation of Best of TV (sold […]

April 25, 2023

Salto closure confirmed

French public service broadcasters France Télévisions, M6 and TF1 have decided to close the Salto streaming service. After a number of delays, finally launching in October 2020, Salto currently claims some one million subscribers, who have signed up for an offer that “combines the best of French drama with iconic daily shows and exclusive all-new […]

February 16, 2023By Colin Mann

France: Niel’s SIX challenger revealed

Xavier Niel, owner of Iliad (Free) and several publications including Le Monde, has appeared before a hearing of French TV regulator Arcom in connection with his ‘SIX’ bid to takeover the M6 DTT frequency. Niel insisted that SIX “doesn’t aim to replace a channel with another” but to “create a new all-genre TV channel”.  He […]

February 15, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

TF1, M6 profits down; €92.2m Salto hit

TF1 and M6 have both posted Full Year 2022 numbers which show a decline in profit mainly attributed to their failed merger and expected closure of joint streaming platform Salto, operated with France Télévisions. M6 reported 2022 consolidated revenue at €1.3 billion, down 2.4 per cent year on year and an EBITA at €334.4 million […]

February 15, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

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

Salto to close unless buyer emerges

France Télévisions has announced it is set to pull the plug on streaming service Salto, jointly created with M6 and TF1, meaning it will close unless a buyer comes forward. After TF1 and M6’s decision to exit the service in November 2022, following the failure of their planned merger, Salto looks set to shut, little […]

January 23, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

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

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: 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