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TF1 and M6 appeal against Canal Plus FTA acquisitions

French broadcasters TF1 and M6 have filed an appeal against the competition authority’s approval of Canal Plus’s acquisition of free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star with the country’s Conseil d’État. According to a report by Le Point, the two commercial broadcasters are arguing that the competition regulator did not place sufficiently strong conditions on […]

Canal Plus agrees to new conditions to secure FTA channels

Canal Plus has finally secured a green light from the CSA for its takeover of Bolloré-owned free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star after agreeing to a wide-ranging series of new commitments laid out by the media regulator. The new commitments undertaken by the broadcaster are additional to those imposed by the French competition regulator […]

Canal Plus to triple Direct 8 budget

Canal Plus plans to triple the budget of formerly Bolloré-owned free-to-air channel Direct 8 to €120 million, according to the French competition regulator. Canal Plus is aiming to grow the channel’s audience share from 2.2% currently to about 4% The channel’s programming will be boosted by new US series. Canal Plus’s other Bolloré acquisition, Direct […]