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To have the ability to have fun their wedding ceremony in early 2023, tv teams TF1 and M6 should persuade competitors authorities of the deserves of their union, or threat canceling all the pieces in a sector disrupted by American platforms. Hearings have been organized by the establishment on Monday and Tuesday, to debate the chains and their respective homeowners – Bouygues and the RTL group (associates of German Bertelsmann) – and to query rivals and representatives of the sector involved. The debate guarantees to be lengthy, as opinions on integration are very divided. A report introduced in May 2021 – not public – by the authority’s investigative providers additionally darkened the undertaking’s prospects.

The merger between TF1 and M6 would certainly result in the creation of a French tv large, with a turnover of round 4 billion euros. With a 75% share of the TV promoting market, the chance is that it’s going to grow to be irresistible to advertisers and weigh closely on the already conflicted marketplace for channel distribution in addition to audiovisual program shopping for. For the Autorité, these are “important competitors issues”, except very important cures are imposed.

Prevent streaming platforms

It is unacceptable for individuals who need to be part of forces to raised fend off competitors from streaming gamers (Netflix, Disney, Amazon and even YouTube and TikTook) who’re consuming up their viewing time and attracting extra advertisers. “The nature and extent of the cures required within the investigation report will lose all relevance to the events’ undertaking, which, on this case, will abandon it”, responded on the finish of July.

TF1 and M6, who hope to generate between 250 and 350 million euros in “synergies” due to their merger, responded in mid-August by providing extra restricted concessions to the authorities, notably to separate their promoting businesses for 3 years. Creating a separate administration for radio (which can mix RTL and Indés radio managed by TF1). But a supply aware of the matter advised AFP that “it should go additional” for the authority’s school to agree. According to him, the sale of a secondary channel like W9, which would cut back the promoting market share by a few share factors, is not excluded.

A “failure” for France?

The school – made up of 17 members together with magistrates, teachers, legal professionals, enterprise leaders or shopper representatives – will make its resolution in mid-October. The entire drawback is that it needs to redefine the contours of the video promoting market, integrating the worldwide streaming giants, which can mechanically scale back the load of the French gamers. The authorities is more likely to override the refusal by the authority if it is justified by causes of basic curiosity.

“If this operation doesn’t occur, it will likely be a enormous failure for France, which had the chance to paved the way in Europe”, introduced to Telerama the boss of M6, Nicolas de Tavernost, appointed to steer the brand new entity. It can even be a severe blow to the 2 teams, which should evaluation a number of projects. In explicit, they supplied to promote the TFX and 6ter channels to Altice, which thus hopes to grow to be the second largest tv promoting participant, and buy France Television’s shares within the Salto platform. TF1, for its half, has already withdrawn from a sure variety of actions related to advertising and on-line press. Finally, Bertelsmann wants to seek out a new purchaser for M6 as quickly as potential because the channel’s broadcast license expires in May 2023. Once it is renewed, any change of shareholder is prohibited for five years.

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