iTélé dispute over controversial host continues

Canal+-owned news channel iTélé’s management have produced a new offer aimed at staff wishing to quit the channel – the latest move in a dispute that has convulsed the news service for the last month. The offer comes as iTélé employees voted to continue their three-week-old strike at least until Wednesday, when representatives of three […]

Saada slams Canal+ strike action

A strike by staff at Canal+ news channel iTele has spread to the broadcaster’s main pay TV service, with a reported 65 staff at the channel coming out in support of the news staff. Canal+ CEO Maxime Saada issued a statement to the effect that a symbolic strike had been voted for about 30 staff […]

Bolloré lieutenant to run Canal+ news channel

Bolloré exec Serge Nedjar has been appointed chief of Canal+ news channel iTele. The new iTele chief is close to Vincent Bolloré, the president of Canal+ owner Vivendi. Prior to taking the new role, Nedjar has been running the Direct Matin newspaper and regional division of Bolloré Média. Previously he launched the Direct 8 DTT channel […]

Bolloré indicates end of Canal+ free-to-air

Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré has given the strongest indication yet that he plans to reduce or eliminate the free-to-air element of French pay TV service Canal+. Bolloré told financial daily Les Echos that Canal+ was not obliged to make content available unencrypted and said that while free-to-air content could gain advertising revenue in the short […]

Canal+ adds new YouTube comedy channels

French pay TV provider Canal+ has added two new comedy channels to its YouTube multi-channel network Canal Factory. Canal+ has added Le Comité des Reprises and Fun Corp to the Canal Factory offering. Le Comité des Reprises, produced by Firr Productions, features musical events introduced by presenters PV Nova and Waxx, distributed each Thursday at […]

Canal+ launching raft of YouTube channels

French premium channel operator Canal+ is launching several new channels on YouTube based on its key programming franchises. From next month there will be twenty Canal+ YouTube channels based on shows from the core Canal+ channel as well as from its free-to-air counterparts D8, D17 and iTele. There will be channels based on shows including […]