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European Commission takes issue with planned French SVOD rules

The European Commission has expressed reservations about France’s plans to implement in national law new European rules that place obligations on international video-on-demand platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. According to information seen by consultancy group NPA Conseil and financial daily Les Echos, the EC has taken issue with key elements of France’s […]

Canal+ at odds with regulator over hate speech fine

French pay TV operator Canal+ has hit out with claims that media regulator the CSA is compromising the right to freedom of expression after the latter sanctioned its news channel CNews to the tune of €200,000 for giving a platform to hate speech. The fine was levied after an appearance on CNews’ Face à l’info […]

Canal+ to stay on digital-terrestrial in France

French pay TV operator Canal+ has secured agreement from media regulator the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA) for the renewal of its presence on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform for the next three years. The CSA’s authorisation covers the period up to December 6 2023. The announcement, which came just ahead of the expiry of Canal+’s […]

Canal+ apples for new DTT licence despite reservations

French pay TV operator Canal+ has applied to renew its digital-terrestrial licence when it expires at the end of this year amid questioning by the company’s CEO as to whether it would continue to distribute its services over DTT.  Canal+ was the only candidate to submit an application to media regulator the CSA to provide […]

French watchdog consults on spectrum as France Ô heads for closure

France’s ministry of culture has officially asked media regulator the CSA to withdraw the digital-terrestrial spectrum allocated to public overseas channel France Ô from September 1, when the service is set to close down. The CSA has also been given a mandate to authorise the broadcast of an HD version of news service Francinfo both […]

Delphine Ernotte secures second term as France Télévisions chief

French media regulator the CSA has given Delphine Ernotte-Cunci a new five-year term as director-general of France Télévisions, the first time an incumbent has had their mandate extended in this way. The watchdog said that it had chosen Ernotte for a second term on the basis of her competence and experience and its analysis of […]

France Télévisions chief candidates set out their stall

French media regulator the CSA has shortlisted eight candidates for the post of the next director-general of public broadcaster France Télévisions, including incumbent Delphine Ernotte, who is seeking a new five-year mandate. The eight have set out their stalls identifying strategic priorities as the final selection process gets underway. Ernotte has placed emphasis on doubling […]

Altice France gets green light for more local TV acquisitions

French media regulator the CSA has given the green light for service provider and media company Altice France to acquire two local news and information channels owned by D ICI TV. The watchdog has given the go-ahead for Altice to take control of local channels D ICI Alpes and D ICI Provence, which are available […]

CSA intervenes in Canal+ dispute over sale of movie to Amazon Prime

French media regulator the CSA has intervened to secure the amicable resolution of a dispute between pay TV operator Canal+ and production company Le Pacte over the latter’s decision to grant rights to the Italian film Pinocchio to Amazon Prime Video following the lockdown of cinemas in France. Pinocchio, which was covered by a presale […]

Coronavirus: CSA chief says regulator will extend tolerance on production obligations

French media regulator the CSA has said it will extend an element of tolerance and understanding in the way it applies rules governing production and distribution obligations in view of the Coronavirus crisis. Writing by email to radio and TV services and industry bodies, CSA chief Roch-Olivier Maistre said that he was cognisant that audiovisual […]

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