TF1 takes issue with France Info after watchdog slams cross-promotion

French broadcaster TF1 has responded to being censured by regulator the CSA for cross-promoting its now free-to-air news channel LCI by demanding a probe into the promotion of France Info, the news services launched in September by public broadcaster France Télévisions. The CSA demanded that TF1 conform to a ban on cross-promotion of LCI on […]

TF1 names new LCI chief as channel moves to FTA

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has named Thierry Thuillier as CEO of its news channel LCI. Thuillier will take over the role as of August 16, working alongside deputy CEO Jean-François Mulliez. Thuillier, who began his career as a journalist, was director of France 2 between 2013-15 before joining Canal+ Group as director of sports. He […]

TF1 sees pay revenue down but profit up

France’s TF1 Group said it saw an improved result from its pay TV offering last year, with operating profit reaching €33.7 million following the sale of Eurosport, up from €1.5 million in 2014. TF1 said that the improvement was due to the sale of Eurosport and improvement in profitability of its other pay TV channels, […]

Canal+ and M6 slam CSA rejection of free-to-air move

French media regulator the CSA has given a green light for TF1-owned news channel LCI to become a free-to-air service, but has rejected requests from Canal+ and M6 Group to enable their respective channels, factual service Planète+ and entertainment channel Paris Première, to make the same transition. The CSA said that it had judged that […]

CSA holds fresh hearings on move to free DTT

French media regulator the CSA will this week hold public hearings on the impact of the possible migration of digital-terrestrial pay TV channels LCI, Paris Première and Planète+ to the country’s free-to-air platform. The move comes after the French Conseil d’État in June overruled an earlier CSA decision on the move by TF1, owner of […]

LCI chief Revel leaves

Eric Revel, the CEO of TF1-owned French news channel LCI, has left the group to launch a new personal project. In a statement, Revel thanked this colleagues at the news channel and wished them the best for the future. “Eric Revel has contributed hugely to the editorial evolution of LCI during his seven years at […]

TF1 unveils redundancy plan in wake of LCI ruling

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has said it will make 148 posts redundant as a result of its failure to secure free-to-air status for news channel LCI, currently available as a pay service via DTT and pay TV operators. TF1 has also appealed to France’s Conseil d’État to reverse the decision by media regulator the CSA […]

Le Monde could throw lifeline to TF1’s LCI as closure threat looms

The owners of French newspaper Le Monde have confirmed a “real and serious” interest in acquiring TF1’s news service LCI following the latter’s announcement that the channel will shut down – at least in its present form – at the end of this year.  Following media regulator the CSA’s July decision not to allow LCI […]

BFM TV ups budget after seeing off LCI threat

Having seen off the threat of a new free-to-air competitor in the shape of TF1’s LCI, French news channel BFM TV has committed to raise its annual budget from €55 million to €70 million. Speaking to press yesterday, channel boss Alan Weill said that if media regulator the CSA had ruled that LCI should be […]

French regulator rejects move by three to free-to-air DTT

French media regulator the CSA has rejected moves to take TF1-owned news channel LCI, M6-owned entertainment channel Paris Première and Canal+-owned documentary channel Planète+ to free-to-air status, crushing TF1’s hopes of taking the news channel in particular off the struggling digital-terrestrial pay TV platform. In coming to its decision, the CSA said it had studied […]