French channels face regulator’s wrath

The French broadcasting regulator CSA has reprimanded seven out of the nine new launch digital terrestrial channels over their performance during 2005. One of the channels, Monte Carlo’s TMC, failed to meet the quota of French and European originated content. The rules require broadcasters to ensure that 60% of their content is European and 40% French. TMC has also failed to meet the requirement to spend 3% of its turnover on independent productions. The broadcaster, which has previously only been available over cable and satellite, also fell short of the quota on original French production, only spending 11.4% of revenues instead of the required 13%. Also in trouble are NRJ 12, BFM TV and Europe 2. TMC is part of TF1, the French commercial television group.