France Televisions


France Televisions and TF1 claim compensation for Canal+ free-to-view move 

French broadcasters France Televisions and TF1 have taken legal action against Canal+ and claimed over €40 million in compensation over the latter’s decision to air a number of movies free-to-view during the COVID pandemic lockdown last year.   The pair have accused the pay TV broadcaster of ignoring France’s strict windowing regime by jumping the […]

Addressable advertising in France ramps up with Bouygues launch

French service provider Bouygues Telecom has launched a segmented TV proposition including addressable advertising to its base of 1.5 million TV subscribers in partnership with broadcasters France Télévisions, M6 Group and TF1 Group. Subscribers who have given consent to the use of their data for targeted advertising will receive personalised advertising based on where they […]

Netflix overtakes ARD to become the second largest TV group in Europe

Netflix is now the second largest TV group in Europe, with no ceiling in sight for the streaming service. According to a report from Ampere Analysis, Netflix is now second only to Comcast in terms of 2020 revenue. Comcast, which owns and operates Sky Group, still is the clear leader and accounted for 12% of […]

France Televisions’ Ernotte names 33 year-old chief of staff as number two

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte has appointed her 33 year-old chief of staff Stéphane Sitbon-Gomez as director of programmes and channels – effectively the public broadcaster’s second in command. In an appointment revealed by Le Monde newspaper, Sitbon-Gomez, who is also director of transformation at France Télévisions’ production arm FranceTvStudio, will replace veteran Takis Candilis, […]

French watchdog consults on spectrum as France Ô heads for closure

France’s ministry of culture has officially asked media regulator the CSA to withdraw the digital-terrestrial spectrum allocated to public overseas channel France Ô from September 1, when the service is set to close down. The CSA has also been given a mandate to authorise the broadcast of an HD version of news service Francinfo both […]

France 4 wins one-year reprieve, France Ô to close

Public broadcaster France Télévisions’ channel for children and young people, France 4, has been granted a one-year stay of execution by the new French culture minister, Roselyne Bachelot, according to news magazine Le Parisien. However, international channel France Ô will cease broadcasting as scheduled on August 23. The closure of France 4 and France Ô […]

FranceTV Publicité deals with Orange, Bouygues set stage for targeted advertising

France Télévisions’ advertising arm FranceTV Publicité has struck separate targeted advertising partnerships with service providers Orange and Bouygues Telecom within a few days of each other. The Orange partnership, which was announced last week, will see Orange and FranceTV Publicité bring addressable advertising to Orange TV customers, subject to data protection rules. The agreement will […]

Delphine Ernotte secures second term as France Télévisions chief

French media regulator the CSA has given Delphine Ernotte-Cunci a new five-year term as director-general of France Télévisions, the first time an incumbent has had their mandate extended in this way. The watchdog said that it had chosen Ernotte for a second term on the basis of her competence and experience and its analysis of […]

France Télévisions chief candidates set out their stall

French media regulator the CSA has shortlisted eight candidates for the post of the next director-general of public broadcaster France Télévisions, including incumbent Delphine Ernotte, who is seeking a new five-year mandate. The eight have set out their stalls identifying strategic priorities as the final selection process gets underway. Ernotte has placed emphasis on doubling […]

Salto begins test phase ahead of autumn launch

Salto, the French commercial and public broadcasters’ answer to Netflix, has begun closed user-group tests ahead of a delayed commercial launch in the autumn. Salto CEO Thomas Follin told the AFP news agency that the streaming service was on the “starting blocks” for an autumn launch. Salto, which has been subject to lengthy delays while […]

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