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Canal+ outlines plan to rebuild French business

Canal+ has much work to do in France, and the pay TV group is rejigging activity in its domestic French market. Canal+ France, the main asset in the Group, comprises the Canal+, Canalsat and Canalplay pay TV operations. It lost 542,000 subscribers, 9.1% of its total, in the year to end-September, leaving it with 5.4 […]

Increased costs hit TF1

French broadcaster TF1’s performance for the first nine months of the year has been hit by a series of factors, including increased sports rights costs, the increased cost of drama programming, the acquisition of Newen Studios and the year-on-year impact of offloading Eurosport. The broadcaster posted revenues of €1.427 billion for the first nine months, up […]

Programming costs weigh on TF1

French commercial broadcaster M6 overtook larger rival TF1 at the end of last week in terms of market capitalisation as the latter’s shares dropped sharply on poor second-quarter results. TF1 saw its second-quarter operating profit fall from €57.3 million (US$62.3 million) to €22 million year-on-year. Coming on top of a €19.2 million operating loss in […]

Thuillier to top TF1 news net

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named Thierry Thuillier as CEO of its news channel LCI. Thuillier will take over the role as of August 16, working alongside deputy CEO Jean-François Mulliez. Thuillier, who began his career as a journalist, was director of France 2 between 2013-15 before joining Canal+ Group as director of sports. He […]

TF1 channel can go free, Canal+ refused

French media regulator the CSA has given a green light for TF1-owned news channel LCI to become a free-to-air service, but has rejected requests from Canal+ and M6 Group to enable their respective channels, factual service Planète+ and entertainment channel Paris Première, to make the same transition. The CSA said that it had judged that […]

Dailymotion fined for TF1 copyright infringement

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has welcomed a decision by the Paris Court of Appeal to multiply by five the penalty imposed on video sharing site Dailymotion for infringing the copyright of TF1 and news service LCI. The decision relates to a legal action dating from 2007. The Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance found in favour […]

TF1 says LCI channel redundancies loom

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has said it will make 148 posts redundant as a result of its failure to secure free-to-air status for news channel LCI, currently available as a pay service via DTT and pay TV operators. TF1 has appealed to France’s Conseil d’État to reverse the decision by media regulator the CSA refusing […]

TF1 lines up LCI channel sale

The owners of French newspaper Le Monde have confirmed a “real and serious” interest in acquiring TF1’s news service LCI following the latter’s announcement that the channel will shut down – at least in its present form – at the end of this year. Following media regulator the CSA’s July decision not to allow LCI […]

CSA says channels must stay on pay-DTT

French media regulator the CSA has rejected moves to take TF1-owned news channel LCI, M6-owned entertainment channel Paris Première and Canal+-owned documentary channel Planète+ to free-to-air status, crushing TF1’s hopes of taking the news channel in particular off the struggling digital-terrestrial pay TV platform. In coming to its decision, the CSA said it had studied […]

Canal+ makes competition complaint against TF1

Vivendi-owned Canal+ has filed a complaint against commercial broadcaster TF1 with the French competition authority, alleging that the latter has abused its dominant position in the country’s TV advertising market, according to local reports. According to business news service BFM TV, the pay TV channel operator has based its complaint on the fact that TF1 […]