A channel to “improve daily life” and another for “family well-being”: the Altice Media group, owner of BFMTV and RMC, presented to the audiovisual regulator on Wednesday its projects for the TFX and 6ter channels, which intends to acquire. “Tomorrow, channel 11, taken over by Altice Media, will be the group’s best number,” said Arthur Dreyfuss, CEO of Altice Media, before discussing his plans for the channel currently occupied by TFX, the group’s channel. TF1. The latter defended before the Arcom (Audiovisual and digital communication regulatory authority) the plan to buy channels 11 and 22 from the TF1 and M6 groups, themselves awaiting the green light from several regulators, including the Arcom, so we can merge.
It is with a view to this merger that TF1 and M6, owners between them of ten channels, have decided to return the frequency of Paris Première (which will be broadcast only on cable and satellite) and to initiate the sale two channels, TFX and 6ter, to comply with French regulations. This limits the number of national channels owned by the same group on digital terrestrial television (TNT) to 7.
“Each channel will have its own identity”, argued Arthur Dreyfuss. Channel 11, the future “flagship of the group”, will be a general channel “friendly, positive”, “anchored in reality” and “providing solutions on everyday subjects”, he described.
Asked about Altice Media’s wish to increase the proportion of information on this channel to 10% of airtime against 0.3% currently, Mr. Dreyfuss denied wanting to create a new channel. information, competitor of BFMTV. He said he was working on “an alternative offer” aimed at articulating a “logic of current information with a useful channel” for viewers, in particular on consumer issues. Channel 22 will be “a positive family channel for well-being and good family living”, described Stéphane Sallé de Chou, general manager of RMC Découverte and RMC Story, the group’s two other generalist channels.
Altice Media said it would “considerably strengthen its investments from 2023” to offer 600 hours of unpublished French production on its four generalist channels, particularly in the creation of documentaries, magazines and reports.
On the other hand, the group said it would like “adjustments” to the proportion of cinema and animation on its new channels, so that it is “compatible with Altice Media’s economic model, without jeopardize it”.