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Thunderbolt at TF1: 5.4 million French people deprived of programs by Canal +, the group’s presenters and journalists are mobilizing (video)

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It is an important crisis that is going through TF1. On September 2, the distributor Canal + France decided to cut the signals of the five channels of the private group (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films, LCI) and its replay platform (MYTF1). For information, the TF1 group achieves approximately 25 to 30% of the hearings of the PAF (French audiovisual landscape). The number of French people who receive television via Canal+ is also estimated at 5.4 million. It is therefore a colossal number of viewers who find themselves deprived of TF1 programs.

Canal+’s decision to place all of the group’s channels on black screen is justified. The distributor believes that TF1 is asking for “unreasonable” fees and demands, with a 50% increase, to see its channels broadcast via the Canal+ network. During a press conference, the boss of Canal, Maxime Saada, explained that it was “incomprehensible” to have to pay for “channels which are free elsewhere”. In addition, the director indicated that the amounts required were “comparable” to those of the largest American studios, such as “Sony and Universal”.

Following the cut of its channels by Canal +, TF1 decided to file a complaint on September 7th. A day later, Canal+ filed a summons before the Nanterre commercial court against the TF1 group, for abuse of a dominant position. The court will rule on September 22.

In the meantime, it is the audiences of TF1 who take a famous blow. Therefore, the leaders of the group mobilized their facilitators and journalists to shoot an explanatory video, broadcast on social networks. We find Gilles Bouleau, Jean-Luc Reichmann, Evelyne Dhéliat, Nikos Aliagas, Harry Roselmack, Hélène Mannarino, Anne-Claire Coudray, Camille Combal, Denis Brogniart, Arthur, Marie-Sophie Lacarrau, but also David Pujadas and Ruth Elkrief from LCI .

These thirteen faces of TF1 explain to French Canal+ subscribers how to receive the group’s channels, until the conflict is restored. A QR code and an Internet page have been made available to them to find out more.