The audiovisual policeman, Arcom, validated Friday the acquisition by the Altice operator TFX and M 6 Generation (6ter) channels, from which the TF1 and M 6 groups wanted to separate in order to be able to merge.
According to a press release, the operation is “contractually conditioned” on the marriage project between TF1 and M 6, which is entering its home stretch with crucial hearings next week to obtain the agreement of the Competition Authority.
The same audiovisual group cannot hold more than seven national frequencies on DTT, TF1 and M 6 had decided to separate from the two channels with the lowest audience, and to return the one used by the Paris Première channel.
Altice promises more new programs
Altice, already owner of BFMTV and RMC, wishes to offer more new programs on these two channels.
On channel 11 of TNT, that of TFX, the group of Patrick Drahi, owner of SFR, has undertaken to broadcast each year “a minimum volume of 1,200 hours of programs in first broadcast on free television channels Hertzian”, in his letter made public by Arcom.
On channel 22, that of 6ter, Altice has shown its desire to broadcast “a minimum volume of 900 hours of programs in first broadcast on the free terrestrial television channels, i.e. an increase of 125% of the current commitment (400 hours) “.
Another promise: Altice “will accentuate the information offer” on the TFX channel, without making it a news channel. In addition, the channel will devote “at least four first evening parts to programs other than entertainment and whose broadcast begins between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.”.
Finally, Altice “undertakes to maintain the contribution to the cinematographic creation of channel 11 and to the animated works of channel 22”. The Competition Authority had for its part given its agreement in July to the acquisition of the two chains.