” It was not us who decided the date of March 31! “Annoys the communication team of the Superior council of audio-visual (CSA). The information was however widely relayed on social networks, with more than 11,000 tweets published with the # boycottTF1 at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20: the authority would have asked Canal + to stop the free broadcasting of the channel, which started after the announcement of containment. However, neither the CSA nor TF1 are behind this decision. Explanations.
“The CSA asks Canal +”
It all started with a tweet from the Destination cinema account, specializing in film news, which relayed an extract from the interview given by the president of the CSA, Roch-Olivier Maistre to the specialized newspaper. Press correspondence dating from the same day. In the excerpt it says that ” the operation that Canal + has launched can only be limited in duration since it is likely to alter the balance between pay and free channels. She is likely to question the chronology of the media and she asks questions vis-à-vis other broadcasters and rights holders In the mouth of the boss of the CSA. He then wishes to recall that ” the CSA is also there to remind the actors that there is a general rule that we must take care to respect even if we show understanding (…) We relay the concerns of stakeholders to the government so that their difficulties are taken into account. “Then Roch-Olivier Maistre talks about the deadline for” March, 31st Who ignited the Web.
Contrary to what has been widely reported, it was not the CSA which fixed this date. But Canal + itself. ” We would have preferred that they warn us, for sure Concedes the press service of the CSA, which sent a letter to the private group. ” But we have taken note of the chain's decision and we support all of these initiatives. We simply made an update on the conditions for this free-to-air broadcast, posed by Canal +. In no case did we impose a deadline! “, Explains the institution, covered on social networks. Clearly, the CSA reminded Canal + that their offer can only be limited in time.
A misunderstanding between subscribers and non-subscribers
For its part, Canal + acknowledges having announced that the channel will be free for non-subscribers without notifying the CSA. But the dialogue would have been restored very quickly afterwards. And it would be jointly that the date of the end of the first period of confinement was fixed as a buffer. In fact, Canal + is offering its bouquet of channels free of charge to all its subscribers until April 15. But in no case would this date have been mentioned for non-subscribers. This would therefore be the source of the misunderstanding.
And TF1 and M6, then? ” In no case have we responded to any complaints from other private channels. We are in our role when we recall the necessary balance between the chains! “, Underlines the CSA.
SACD on deck
The anger actually came from the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD). Its director Pascal Rogard had estimated on Twitter that “ at the risk of being sidelined by the gogos of gratuitousness, Operation Clear Channel is a shame that flouts all the rules of law and in particular copyright. The CSA must react with the greatest firmness But the dialogue has been continuous between the institution and the channels since the start of the crisis. And this will continue, ensures the high authority.