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France set to scrap €138 abolish TV licence

France’s TV landscape could soon be transformed after it emerged that plans to scrap the country’s annual audiovisual licence fee are set to be introduced later this year. The proposal, which was part of recently re-elected president Emmanuel Macron’s election pledges, will see the €138 ($143) annual charge applied to households with a TV, scrapped. […]

France Télévisions reorganises as France 3 director exits

France 3 director Dana Hastier is set to depart the company after over a decade at France Télévisions, prompting a reorganisation of the broadcast group.  Hastier will depart the group in September and hopes to change the direction of her career, according to the company. The group said in a statement: “After eleven years at […]

Virgin Media adds French, Polish and Russian networks

UK pay TV operator Virgin Media has bolstered its offer by securing distribution of channels from France, Poland and Russia. The channels will be offered through the Virgin Worldbox app from today as branded ‘bouquets’, allowing ex-pats to watch programming from their home territories. From France, Liberty Global-owned Virgin will offer public broadcast channels France […]

France Télévisions ups Eutelsat capacity for HD regional channels

France Télévisions has agreed a new capacity deal for the Eutelsat 5 West A satellite, allowing it to upgrade all of France 3’s regional channels from SD to HD. The 24 regional channels will be available in HD from April 5 for the two million homes receiving Fransat, Eutelsat’s free-to-view TV platform for French homes. […]

Canal+ reorganises thematic channels under former France 3 chief

French pay TV operator Canal+ has named former France Télévisions executive Thierry Langlois as head of its thematic channels, occupying a new post that groups together documentary, art and lifestyle, entertainment and kids channels in a single structure. Langlois will also be charged with heading up Canal+’s sport and cinema services.  Langlois, who will report […]

France: more catch-up content but viewing flatlines

The number of hours of catch-up viewing content available from French TV channels increased to 15,300 in December, up 21.4% year-on-year, but the number of catch-up videos views declined slightly, according to figures compiled by the country’s Centre Nationale du Cinéma et L’Image Animée (CNC). According to the CNC, the number of catch-up videos viewed […]

Langlois takes senior role at France 3

Thierry Langlois has been named as head of broadcast and programming at French public channel France 3 as part of a reorganization of the channel’s management under channel head François Guilbeau. Langlois was previously director of audiovisual at the Centre national de la cinématographie (CNC). France 3’s former director of broadcast Laurent Corteel has moved […]