Court rules in favour of Canal+ in TF1 TNTSat dispute

A French court has ruled in favour of Canal+ Group in a legal spat with commercial broadcaster TF1 over the pay TV operator’s decisions to pull the latter’s channels from free-to-view satellite platform TNTSat. The Tribunal de Paris ruled that Canal+ does not need to distribute TF1’s channels on the satellite platform despite a call […]

Rodolphe Belmer to take over at TF1 Group

TF1 president and CEO Gilles Pélisson is to step down, initially from his role as CEO, to be replaced by ex-Canal+ and Eutelsat CEO Rodolphe Belmer. Péllisson has proposed Belmer to be voted in as CEO by the company’s administrative board on October 27, when the president and CEO roles will be split between the […]

TF1 and M6 abandon merger plan

Bouygues, RTL Group, Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 have called off their plan to merge the TF1 and M6 groups. The decision to abandon the merger, which was originally announced in May last year, came after  the parties appeared at the hearings of the French Competition Authority’s board on 5 and 6 September to argue […]

Canal+ signs new deals with US studios

French pay TV operator Canal+ has signed new distribution deals with US studios Universal and Sony that will give it access to the pair’s movies six months after their theatrical release. The latest deals cement the pay TV operator’s relationships with Hollywood studios. Canal+ already has deals in place with Fox, Disney, Warner Bros. and […]

Bouygues Telecom hires legal chief

Bouygues Telecom has hired Juliette Lallemand Victor has legal director. Lallemand Victor succeeds Anne Friant, who is leaving the company after 25 years. She will report to Liza Bellulo, secretary general of Bouygues Telecom. Lallemand Victor began her career in 1999 at Bouygues Telecom and has served in multiple roles in the legal area. She […]

Canal+ drops TF1 channels in fees dispute ahead of crucial merger hearings

Canal+ has stopped distributing TF1 Group’s channels after the pair failed to agree new commercial terms. The French pay TV operator has ceased distribution of TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI. The operator blamed the decision on what it described as TF1’s “desire to profoundly its commercial terms” from the expiry of previous […]

TF1 and M6 ‘ready to make further concessions’

French broadcasters TF1 and M6 are ready to make further concessions to try to secure a regulatory green light for their planned merger, according to local press reports. According to financial daily Les Echos, the pair are ready to go further than the concessions they outlined earlier this month in an attempt to secure the […]

Iliad sees strong growth, boosted by Italy

French and international service provider Iliad Group has recorded strong second-quarter growth in its French and international markets, with notable growth in Italy. Despite what it described as an “extremely competitive context” in Italy, Iliad added 68,000 customers to its recently-launched fixed offering, as well as 257,000 mobile customers. In its core domestic French market, […]

Orange pulls Altice local channels in new carriage fee dispute

French telecom giants Altice and Orange are locked in a renewed battle over carriage of TV channels. Orange stopped distributing Altice’s nine local channels, including BFM Paris and BFM Lyon a week ago, a move first reported this week by French publication Stratégies. The move comes after the pair failed to reach agreement on carriage […]

Change at the top for Altice France

Altice France CEO Grégory Rabuel is leaving the company and will be replaced by Altice Média chief Arthur Dreyfuss. The management change, which was communicated in a note to employees, will also see Mathieu Cocq, until now executive director for Altice’s overseas operations SFR Caraïbe and SRR, will become chief executive of service provider arm […]

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