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Purchase by TF1 of chains NT1 and TMC: the CSA gives a favorable opinion together with reserves

Official statement of the Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Seized by the Authority of competition, the Superior council of audio-visual, joined together in plenary assembly on September 28th, 2009, gave a favorable opinion with the exclusive takeover by the group TF1 of company NT1 and the company Monte-Carlo Participations, which holds 80% of the capital of TMC (by purchase of the shares of the Berda group).
This opinion comprises reserves intended to guarantee competition between the chains of digital terrestrial television, in particular in the fields of publicity and of has cat of rights for the diffusion of sporting events. The CSA recommends a procedure of “setting under monitoring”, in order to ensure a narrow follow-up of the obligations which would be imposed.
In the event of agreement of the Authority of competition on this operation, the Council will have to come to a conclusion about the conformity of this change of capital to the provisions of the law of September 30th, 1986 relating to the freedom of communication, in particular to the glance of the requirements of the support for the audiovisual production and cinematographic which will govern the conclusion of new conventions.

Consult the opinion of the Council.