French television groups TF1 and M6 have cancelled merger plans, following objections from the French competition watchdog.
The deal, which was seen as an attempt by the two commercial TV companies to create a European powerhouse capable of taking on theglobal streaming giants, has been abandoned after the French Competition Authority’s probe of the merger.
The companies said Friday that after meeting with the antitrust watchdog it became apparent they would only receive approval for the deal on the condition they sold one of the two networks’ flagship channels: either TF1 or M6 channel.
“The parties have therefore concluded that the proposed merger no longer has any strategic rationale,” read a joint statement from TF1 Group and its 44 percent owner Bouygues Group as well as M6 Group and its Luxembourg-based parent RTL Group. “The parties regret that the Competition Authority did not take into account the speed and extent of the changes sweeping through the French broadcasting sector.”
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