Ernotte: direct relationship with viewers an ‘existential issue’ for pubcaster

France’s new audiovisual law does not go far enough to enable public service media to withstand the onslaught of competition from global tech and media giants, and the need for a direct relationship with viewers is an “existential issue” for France Télévisions, according to the pubcaster’s director-general, Delphine Ernotte. Addressing the French National Assembly’s cultural […]

France Télévisions’ Ernotte to seek extension of mandate

France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte has indicated that she will seek a two-year extension to her appointment at the helm of the pubcaster when her current mandate expires in August. Speaking to France Télévisions employees, Ernotte said that she would seek an extension to provide continuity during the implementation of the country’s current reform of […]

Altice launches new tech-focused TV channel on SFR and Orange

Altice France has launched a new TV channel based on its technology news website 01net. The channel, 01TV, is available on the TV service of Altice-owned SFR and also on Orange’s service. The TV channel enables viewers to follow reports by the 01net editorial team live and also on catch-up TV. The channel started airing […]

Mediapro secures Europa League rights for France following Canal+ deal

Mediapro has secured rights to the second package of Europa League and Europa Conference League football matches for France for the 2021-24 competitions, covering 260 matches in total. The Spanish broadcaster and producer already holds the exclusive rights to the bulk of top-tier French domestic Ligue 1 football over the same period. The Europa League […]

Lagardère continues strategic refocus with sports unit sale

Lagardère, the French media group that formerly owned channels including leading kids service Gulli but which sold the bulk of its TV business to M6 Group earlier this year, is continuing its strategic repositioning with the likely sale of a 75% stake in its sports events and marketing arm, Lagardère Sports, to HIG Capital in […]

LFP expresses confidence as Mediapro seeks distribution deals for Ligue 1 channel

France’s professional football league, the LFP, has expressed confidence in the plans of Mediapro, which last year acquired the bulk of Ligue 1 rights for the 2020-24 seasons, after the Spanish broadcaster and producer’s co-founder Jaume Roures outlined his plans for a new football channel at the LFP’s general meeting. Amid scepticism in some quarters […]

Canal+ takes further step in sports comeback with Europa League rights

French pay TV operator Canal+ has reportedly followed up its re-acquisition of UEFA Champions League rights alongside BeIN Sports and its likely Ligue 1 sublicensing agreement with BeIN by securing key rights to Europa League matches, according to French press. According to sports paper L’Équipe, citing unnamed sources, Canal+ has secured a deal that will […]

France Télévisions to launch new kids platform Okoo

France Télévisions will launch a new kids digital platform, Okoo, on Monday in a major initiative by the public broadcaster following the planned closure of its France 4 channel. The service will be aimed at 3-12 year-olds and will be advertising-free, and will be available free of charge to users. It will replace existing public […]

Orange sets out strategic plan amid merger speculation

Orange has set out its strategic plan for the next five years, Engage 2025, with a focus on offering etail and wholesale customers enhanced connectivity, strengthening its leadership in more open and higher-valued infrastructures, making ake Orange MEA the reference digital operator in Africa & the Middle East and placing data and AI at the […]

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