CNews fined by Arcom with fines of 60,000 and 20,000 euros for “failures” to meet its obligations

CNews fined by Arcom with fines of 60,000 and 20,000 euros for “failures” to meet its obligations
CNews fined by Arcom with fines of 60,000 and 20,000 euros for “failures” to meet its obligations

The Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority (Arcom) announced on Wednesday, July 10, that it had sanctioned the news channel CNews. It imposed fines of 60,000 euros and 20,000 euros for “failures” to its obligations, particularly in the context of a debate on the immigration bill during which guests declared « l’immigration tue » without any reaction from the host.

“It appears from the viewing report of the program “La Matinale Week-End” broadcast on December 10, 2023 that during a debate devoted to the “immigration” bill, then a sequence relating to the National Rally, two guests declared “immigration kills”, without any reaction from the host or the other people present on set.the court wrote in its decision. The use by two guests of the phrase “immigration kills” is likely to represent people of immigrant origin, as a whole, as a deadly risk factor. Such stigmatization, which reduces immigrants to the rank of dangerous people (…)is likely to incite hatred against them on the grounds of their race, nationality or ethnic origin and to encourage discriminatory behaviour against them on the grounds of their race, nationality or ethnic origin.

The other segment in question concerns the news program “Punchline Eté”, which reported that July 2023 had been the hottest month ever recorded. During this segment, one of the speakers contested the human influence on global warming, stating in particular: “Anthropogenic global warming is a lie, a scam, at some point we will have to put things scientifically.”

CNews hearing scheduled for July 15

These sanctions come in a delicate context for CNews, regularly criticized by Arcom, while its frequency, like that of fourteen others of digital terrestrial television (DTT), is put back into play for 2025. Since Monday and until July 17, twenty-four candidates are auditioned by Arcom in order to obtain one of the fifteen channels put back into play. These are either existing channels (BFM-TV, LCI, W9, etc.), or new applicants (RéelsTV, project of the Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky, Ouest-France TV, etc.).

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In the spring, the rapporteur of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into TNT frequencies, Aurélien Saintoul (La France Insoumise), wrote in a report that he “would not understand how the CNews and C8 channels could see their broadcasting licenses renewed in this state”. On two occasions, in May and June, CNews has taken from BFM-TV the leading position among continuous news channels (in terms of market share), which had never happened before. The hearing of the channel, owned by conservative billionaire Vincent Bolloré, will be held on Monday.

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For its part, C8, a channel of the Canal+ group, has received a total of more than 7.5 million euros in fines in recent years due to the controversies caused by its star, the controversial host-producer Cyril Hanouna. Arcom, which has the power to withdraw its frequency from a channel in the event of serious breaches of its obligations, is using “very sparingly” at this “supreme sanction”recalled in February the president of the audiovisual regulator, Roch-Olivier Maistre.

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