Conseil d’État

Conseil d’Etat forces change to French plan to protect access to audiovisual works

France’s Conseil d’Etat has nixed a government plan to require regulatory authorisation for the sale of audiovisual catalogues as part of legislation designed to protect public access to cultural works in the digital era, according to French financial daily Les Echos. The proposed change to the law, initially put forward in March, would have given […]

French constitutional court rules ad tax illegal but CNC avoids payback

France’s Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), which dispenses public support for content creation in the country, has avoided having to pay back over €500 million to commercial channels’ advertising arms after the constitutional court ruled that a tax on advertising revenues to support content was unconstitutional. The Conseil Constitutionnel ruled that […]

Conseil d’État rejects claims of partiality in CSA pubcaster chief choice

France’s highest court, the Conseil d’État, has rejected a set of complaints by two unions, the DFDT and the DVE-CGC, against media regulator the CSA concerning the process by which Delphone Ernotte-Cunci was chosen as president of public broadcaster France Télévisions. The unions had alleged a number of irregularities in the process, including that the […]

TF1 unveils redundancy plan in wake of LCI ruling

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 also appealed to France’s Conseil d’État to reverse the decision by media regulator the CSA […]

Vivendi makes fresh commitments to secure free-to-air channels deal

Vivendi has made a series of fresh commitments to secure regulatory approval for its acquisition of former Bolloré-owned free-to-air channels D8 and D17.  The move follows a decision by top lawmaking body the Conseil d’État in December to rescind the previous authorisation of the acquisition. Vivendi and Canal+ have now submitted a series of commitments […]