Canal+ reportedly seeking shorter commitment for DTT licence

French pay TV outfit Canal+ is looking to finalise a new licence to broadcast on France’s digital-terrestrial platform within the next few weeks, but is pressing for a reduced period for the renewal, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. The pay TV operator has blown hot and cold on renewing its DTT […]

France Médias Monde’s Saragosse sees term extended by five years

French media regulator ARCOM has extended the term of Marie-Christine Saragosse as president of the country’s overseas media organisation, France Médias Monde. Saragosse will now helm the organisation for a further five years beginning on April 23 this year. ARCOM said that in a context of profound transformation in the audiovisual sector and big changes […]

Eutelsat agrees to drop Russian channels after watchdog rules

Eutelsat has agreed to stop broadcasting three Russian channels after regulator Arcom responded to a ruling from France’s highest court and ordered the satellite operator to drop the channels. Following a ruling from the Conseil d’État instructing Arcom to look again at the issue, the regulator switched from its earlier position of non-intervention and ordered […]

Conseil d’État forces watchdog to look again at Eutelsat’s Russian business

France’s highest court, the Conseil d’État, has rejected media regulator Arcom’s contention that it is not competent to stop Eutelsat from transmitting Russian channels that disseminate state propaganda and misinformation, forcing the watchdog to reconsider its position on the issue. The Conseil d’État said there was “serious doubt about the legality” of Arcom’s position on […]

Xavier Niel outfit asks for ‘more time’ to prepare DTT proposal

French telecom and media entrepreneur Xavier Niel’s NJJ Médias unit has asked media regulator ARCOM to give it time to submit a bid to launch a digital-terrestrial TV channel ahead of the renewal of frequencies granted to TF1 and M6. Interviewed by ARCOM yesterday, Iliad Group VP Maxime Lombardini, accompanied by legal advisor François Sureau, […]

Xavier Niel circles France’s DTT platform ahead of frequency renewals

Speculation is bubbling up in France around the possibility that telecom tycoon Xavier Niel, owner of ISP Free, may mount a bid to take over some of the digital-terrestrial TV frequencies currently occupied by TF1 and M6. The licences covering the frequencies are due to expire next March and media regulator ARCOM is currently holding […]

Canal+ sets out conditions for continued presence on DTT

French pay TV outfit Canal+ has set out a number of conditions for remaining an active player in the country’s digital-terrestrial TV market. Interviewed recently by media regulator ARCOM, Canal+ deputy CEO Grégoire Castaing said that, aside from efforts to combat piracy, the pay TV operator was still waiting on the “proof of love” that […]

Canal+ and beIN secure piracy-busting injunction to protect Champions League coverage

French broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports France have obtained injunctions to prevent themselves against pirate UEFA Champions League broadcasts. The Paris Court of Justice has handed the broadcasters these injunctions to the broadcasters at a time when regulator ARCOM is clamping down on online piracy.  The orders are described as “one of the first of […]

New French media regulator Arcom begins work

French media regulator the CSA and anti-piracy watchdog the Hadopi have now officially combined to form a new regulator – the Autorité de regulation de la communication audiovisuelle et numérique (Arcom). The new body is headed by a collegiate body of nine members, each with a mandate of six years. Two new members joined the […]

French media regulator CSA to absorb HADOPI to become ARCOM

French media regulator the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) is to change its name to ARCOM from the beginning of next year to reflect its combination with anti-piracy regulator the Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (HADOPI). The new regulatory body, the Autorité de régulation de la […]