TF1’s Group AB acquisition faces investigation

The French competition commission Autorite de la Concurrence is set to probe commercial broadcaster TF1’s acquisition of Groupe AB’s digital terrestrial television channels.

TF1 agreed to acquire DTT stations including NT1 and TMC in June for €192m. However, the watchdog has asked the local broadcasting authority CSA to give it an opinion about the impact such a deal will have on competition, particularly in light of the current state of the TV advertising market. A decision is expected in October.