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Comment: Planned French Netflix rival first faces a tough merger approval at home

By Natalie McNelis and Nicholas Hirst
  • 03 Jun 2021 03:14
  • 03 Jun 2021 03:14
A French bid to create a Netflix rival will face intense scrutiny from the country’s own competition authority, which is notoriously tough on consolidation in the audiovisual sector.

TF1 and M6 are planning to merge, bringing together France’s most popular advertising-funded TV channels as well as a variety of radio an

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Natalie McNelis

Senior Correspondent

Natalie McNelis covers mergers for MLex in Brussels. Before joining MLex in 2017, she spent 20 years as an international trade and competition lawyer in law firms including Stibbe and WilmerHale. Natalie has a BA in English from Mount Holyoke College, a JD from Harvard Law School and an LLM in EU law from KU Leuven. She is admitted to the bar in New York.

Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent

Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

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