FranceTV warns on Canal merger

Public broadcaster France Televisions has called for strict conditions to be imposed on the merger of Canal+ and TPS. In a statement made to the French competition authorities France Televisions warned of possible collusion between the shareholders in the new group, though the broadcaster stressed it was not against the merger itself.

France Televisions believes that the shareholders in the merged entity media and telecoms giant, Vivendi, the diversified conglomerate Lagardere and broadcasters TF1 and M6 might work together to prevent it from obtaining movie and sports rights.

It wants to prevent the group from being able to negotiate rights packages with its shareholders and to oblige Vivendi’s Studio to make a fixed percentage of co-productions with partners outside of the shareholder group.