CSA rejects Paris Première and LCI requests to go FTA

French media regulator the CSA has rejected requests by M6-owned digital channel Paris Première and TF1-owned news and information channel LCI to move to the free-to-air part of the country’s digital-terrestrial platform. M6 president Nicolas de Tavernost told Les Echos newspaper that the group considered itself to have been unfairly treated. The rejection of LCI’s […]

CSA warns channels on subtitling

French media regulator the CSA has put five channels on notice about their failure to abide by rules concerning the availability of subtitles. The CSA has ruled that channels Action, Ciné Polar, L’Équipe TV, Ma Chaîne Sport and Motors TV have failed to meet their obligations.

All video content distributors should contribute to creation, says CSA’s Boyon

The growth of online and connected TV services presents a challenge to the finance of domestic content creation that must be addressed by regulators, according to French media regulator the CSA’s president Michel Boyon. Speaking at the Avignon Forum, Boyon said that the ability of international content suppliers, including the Hollywood studios, to use connected […]

French DTT plan could harm advertising market, says study

The planned launch of six new channels on France’s digital-terrestrial platform could have a negative effect on existing players and the TV advertising model, according to a study by NPA and Havas Media. The study looked at three possible scenarios that media regulator the CSA might implement: the launch of six free-to-air channels comprising three […]

France to annul bonus channels law

The French government is preparing a law that will formally withdraw the allocation of so-called bonus channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform to broadcasters TF1, M6 and Canal Plus. The move comes after the European Commission judged the plan to award the channels illegal. French media regulator the CSA last month launched an appeal for […]

CSA begins HD DTT auction

French communications regulator CSA has announced an auction for six new HD channels on the country’s DTT network. The channels will be broadcast in the DVB-T1 MPEG 4 standard on multiplexes R7 and R8. Bids must be submitted by January 3 2012 and the CSA will meet with shortlisted candidates between March 5-9. The successful […]

CSA to launch appeal for DTT channels on Monday

French media regulator the CSA is to issue its appeal for candidates to launch six new channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform next Monday, CSA president Michel Boyon has announced. The move follows the decision last week by the French government to launch six new channels on the platform in place of awarding so-called bonus […]

French government abandons bonus channels plan

The French government has abandoned plans to award so-called bonus channels on the digital-terrestrial platform to the country’s commercial broadcasters as part of its plan that will see six new HD channels launch on the platform. Under plans confirmed yesterday, media regulator the CSA will launch a tender for candidates to launch new channels on […]

CSA begins examining channels’ quota obligations

French media regulator the CSA has begun examining whether the country’s pay TV channels met their licence obligations to support local production last year. The regulator said that a number of channels – Beur TV, Demain TV, 3A Télésud, Best of shopping, M6 Boutique and Co, Ma Chaîne étudiante, Berbère TV, KTO and No Life […]

Boyon tackles criticisim of DTT report, Canal Plus Bolloré deal

Michel Boyon, head of French media regulator the CSA, has taken on criticism of his report on the future of the digital-terrestrial platform and his proposal to mandate the DVB-T2 standard for the launch all further channels. In an interview with Le Figaro newspaper, Boyon said that he had not buried the planned launch of […]