Watchdog marks France Télévisions report card

French media regulator the CSA has given public broadcaster France Télévisions a broadly positive report on the first year of execution of its plan for the 2016-20 period, while highlighting areas that still need improvement. According to the regulator, the pubcaster has gone some way towards upping its game in support of French and European […]

Canal+ files complaint on lifting of TF1 and M6 obligations

Vivendi-owned French pay TV operator Canal+ has filed a complaint with the country’s Conseil d’État contesting the legality of media regulator the CSA’s decision to relax a number of obligations that were previously applied to commercial broadcasters TF1 and M6. Canal+ is challenging the CSA’s decision to allow TF1 to play adverts during its news […]

French homes’ viewing devices revealed

French households now have an average of 5.5 screens, but the TV still reigns supreme with 94% penetration, according to statistics compiled by the country’s media regulator the CSA. According to the CSA’s Observatoire de l’équipement audiovisuel des foyers study, close to two thirds of households have one or more TVs connectable to the internet. […]

CSA boss opposes reintroduction of advertising on pubcaster

Olivier Schrameck, the chief executive of French media regulator the CSA, has expressed his opposition to any return of advertising on public broadcaster France Télévisions’ main channel after 20:00. Speaking to Le Monde newspaper, Schrameck said that public service broadcasting had a specific role to play and that the introduction of advertising would have a […]

French watchdog mulls new DTT multiplex for UHD TV services

France’s media regulator the CSA has opened a public consultation on the future of the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform, introducing the idea of launching a new multi-city multiplex that could be used to launch UHD services. To improve quality and make space for new services including UHD, the consultation will also consider the possibility of […]

CSA relaxes ad restrictions for TF1

The French media regulator, the CSA, has relaxed advertising restrictions placed on leading commercial broadcaster TF1 during its main one-hour news broadcasts, but has declined a request to reduce the amount of news content the broadcast is required to carry. Renewing the broadcast licences of both TF1 and M6, the country’s other main commercial player, […]

CSA highlights French sports market growth

France’s sports rights market grew by 25% between 2011 and 2016, reaching €1.45 billion at the end of last year, according to a study by media regulator the CSA. Growth was driven primarily by an increase of the value of rights for international markets, according to the regulator. Of the €1.45 billion, 80% was captured […]

Saragosse reappointed as France Médias Monde plans Spanish France 24

French media regulator the CSA has reappointed Marie-Christine Saragosse as president of France’s international media outfit France Médias Monde for a further five years. Saragosse will serve as head of the organization, which operates news channel France 24, RFI and Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD) for a further five-year terms from October 5. The CSA said […]

CSA extends mandatory channel numbering rules to operators

French media regulator the CSA has unveiled new rules extending the obligation to implement the mandated numbering of channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform to IPTV and cable operators. Under the new regulations, TV operators will be obliged to offer the standard numbering of channels available on the DTT platform to their subscribers. They will […]

TF1 takes issue with France Info after watchdog slams cross-promotion

French broadcaster TF1 has responded to being censured by regulator the CSA for cross-promoting its now free-to-air news channel LCI by demanding a probe into the promotion of France Info, the news services launched in September by public broadcaster France Télévisions. The CSA demanded that TF1 conform to a ban on cross-promotion of LCI on […]