French cabinet approves audiovisual law

The French cabinet yesterday adopted the country’s new audiovisual law,
which will result in the removal of advertising from public broadcaster
Televisions’ channels in January and will create a regulatory framework for video-on-demand services, among other things.
The text will also transpose the new European audiovisual media service directive into French law.

Yesterday also saw the signing of agreements between France’s major broadcasters and producers’ organisations to modernise relations between them, covering rights to on-demand and catch-up services. However, commercial channel M6, which is in dispute with producers’ organisation the USPA over the level of its investment in fiction, has yet to sign up.