L’Express TV, OF TV, Le Média, Humor TV… which are the 25 candidates for the 15 DTT frequencies to be allocated

L’Express TV, OF TV, Le Média, Humor TV… which are the 25 candidates for the 15 DTT frequencies to be allocated
L’Express TV, OF TV, Le Média, Humor TV… which are the 25 candidates for the 15 DTT frequencies to be allocated

Some 25 candidates still in the running and at the end, there will be 15 left. Launched at the end of February, the call for applications for the 15 TNT frequencies closed last week. Arcom, which received a total of 27 applications, deemed 25 admissible. The choice of incumbents will be announced at the end of July, after hearings from the 8th to the 17th of the same month.

The call concerns the digital terrestrial television (DTT) frequencies currently occupied by the channels Canal+, C8, CNews, CStar, Canal + Cinema, Canal + Sport And Planet+ (Canal+ group), TMC, TFX And LCI (TF1 group), W9, Gulli And Paris Premiere (group M6), BFMTV (about to be sold to billionaire Rodolphe Saadé) and NRJ 12 (NRJ group).

All the players already in place are applying for the renewal of each of their channels, the big issue in the procedure being the fate of C8 and CNews, in the hands of conservative billionaire Vincent Bolloré and regularly called to order by Arcom.

RéelsTV, L’Express TV and OF TV

Last week, three press players created a surprise by announcing their intention to operate a frequency, including billionaire Daniel Kretinsky’s group, CMI, in the running for a project titled “RéelsTV” and also selling Marianne magazine. Two newspapers, L’Express and Ouest-France, have also indicated that they want to create their own channel – L’Express TV And OF TV –, as well as radical left-wing web television The media. All these applications are declared admissible.

The main novelty lies in the TF1 group’s application for two new frequencies, in addition to the three which are expiring, for two new free thematic channels, The History Channel (LCH) And TV Humor. The first, which would be added to the TF1 Histoire TV pay channel, aims to “make history accessible to as many people as possible”, according to the group. The second wants to give a “full place” to humor on free DTT and “contribute to the diversification of the program offering”.

Three other previously unknown projects are in the running: BATV of the Christian association I am, OP TV of the company Ombre Première (at the origin of an overseas music channel) and Better from the company Media santé info TV. The latter is chaired by former advertising executive Franck Papazian, owner of “Who’s Who”, CB News and Stratégies. Finally, no drama came from Rodolphe Saadé, whose CMA CGM group is only applying for the renewal of BFMTV.

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