Drop to BFMTV after the cut on the Freebox

The cut-off, beginning Tuesday, August 27, to BFMTV by Free is clearly felt in the hearings of the chain of info continuously. According to Médiamétrie, BFMTV r

Drop to BFMTV after the cut on the Freebox

The cut-off, beginning Tuesday, August 27, to BFMTV by Free is clearly felt in the hearings of the chain of info continuously. According to Médiamétrie, BFMTV reported yesterday an audience share of 2%, against 2.5% the previous day, knowing that the average level of the chain Altice is rather between 2.3% and 2.5%. The addition can be salted for the chain in the order of tens of thousands of viewers less. But this estimate, however, is to be taken with a grain of salt.

as a reminder, Altice, the parent company of channels BFMTV, RMC Découverte and RMC Story, claims the compensation of its channels by the telecom operators. If the group headed by Alain Weill has not obtained gain of cause with of Iliad (Free), it is the same with the side of Orange, who refuses also to remunerate the distribution of the channels. However, the distribution contract between the channels of Altice and the incumbent expires at the beginning of the month of September. If the loss of audience of Free subscribers (6.5 million Freebox) was added to one of the subscribers of Orange (11.5 million subscribers), it will be very bad. A fall hearing is substantial would, in effect, Altice to revise sharply downward its advertising rates.

The other info strings continuously have apparently not benefited from the drop of BFMTV. Neither LCI, the second string info or CNews or franceinfo would, therefore, took advantage of it.

A cut-off rather than a fine

Free decided on Tuesday to cut the chains of Altice for not having to pay a fine of 300,000 euros per day (100,000 euros for each chain Altice on TNT), he is entitled to do so. In effect, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) has clarified its position on this point this summer, explaining that if the tv channels were founded to seek compensation, the telecom operators had not provided the obligation of distributing them.

Updated Date: 29 August 2019, 00:00

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