A number of French media groups have expressed concern about regulator the CSAs approval of commercial broadcaster TF1Âs acquisition of digital-terrestrial channels TMC and NT1.
The approval will enable TF1 to acquire an additional 40% stake in TMC, taking its total to 80%, and 100% of NT1. Rival M6 is the leading voice of protest, arguing that the approval is a gift to TF1 that puts the earlier suppression of advertising on public broadcaster France TÃ©lÃ©visionsÂ channels in the shade. Media group BollorÃ©, which is acquiring the Virgin 17 channel from LagardÃ¨re, has also expressed its disquiet.
The CSA approved the sale of the channels to TF1 earlier this week, but set a number of conditions to ensure competition in digital-terrestrial TV, including a ban on the promotion of the channelsÂ programming on the main TF1 channel and limits on the re-broadcast of certain programmes from TF1 to one of the two channels.