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 […]

France’s CSA serves notice on 20% content commitment with top streamers

France’s audiovisual media regulator the CSA has begun implementing the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive with an obligation that streamers must invest 20% of revenues raised in France in local content creation. After months of negotiation, the regulator has been able to impose the obligations on the main international SVOD streamers active in the country, […]

Iliad Telecom appealing to EC on TF1-M6 merger

French and international service provider Iliad Telecom, parent of Free, is appealing for the European Commission to probe the planned merger of commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6, according to a report by financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, pay TV operator Canal+ is considering joining Iliad in its move to bring the merger […]

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 […]

CSA launches consultation on interactive DTT as cable channels protest new obligations

French media regulator the CSA has launched a new public consultation on the development of interactive services in the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform. The consultation will cover services that can be delivered to TVs via an internet connection, allows users to access functionality that can be considered complementary to linear DTT channels, such as video-on-demand. […]

Canal+ news channel hit by Zemmour ban

In a move that will primarily impact Canal+’s CNews channel, French media regulator the CSA has ruled that audiovisual media providers should not include contributions from far-right political commentator and professional controversialist Éric Zemmour as part of the national political debate in their transmissions. The move comes after speculation that Zemmour will run in the […]

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 […]

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