The Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak asked the Canal + group to restore the broadcasting of TF1 channels on its TNT Sat offer, which makes it possible to receive DTT channels in areas where terrestrial coverage is poor.
I appeal to your sense of responsibility and of the general interest to avoid depriving hundreds of thousands of homes of receiving all DTT channels., urges Rima Abdul Malak in a letter sent Friday, September 2 to the president of the Canal + group Maxime Saada, which AFP was able to consult, confirming information from the Parisian.
This ministerial request came after thethe decision of Canal + to stop broadcasting the free channels of the TF1 group (TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI) upon renewal of the distribution contract between the two parties, due in particular to the requirement of a payment
a very substantial salary, the group owned by Vivendi announced on Friday.
Full coverage of the territory questioned
Without interfering in the commercial dispute between the two groups and a negotiation that falls under freedom of contract, the Minister explains that she is
careful that the negotiations between publishers and distributors do not lead to blockages likely to compromise the access of all audiences to the free offer of digital terrestrial television (TNT).
the cut of the signal of the channels of the TF1 group on the TNT Sat offer deprives people who can only receive DTT by satellite of any access to the five free channels of the TF1 group, emphasizes Rima Abdul Malak.
this situation is not in accordance with the intention of the legislator, which was to guarantee full coverage of the territory by DTT by obliging DTT channels to make their signal available free of charge to a satellite distributor who requests itshe recalls.
Four years earlier, the commercial negotiations between the two audiovisual groups around the distribution of the free channels of the TF1 group generated this same blocking situation.
The cut in the signal from the TF1 channels then caused an outcry among some viewers and led the Minister of Culture at the time, Françoise Nyssen, to summon Canal + to restore the broadcasting of the TF1 channels on the TNT Sat offer.