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FTV, M6 and TF1 face French legal challenge from Iliad's Free over streaming venture

By Matthew Newman and Arezki Yaïche
  • 26 Feb 2020 12:41
  • 26 Feb 2020 12:41
French mobile operator Free has filed a legal challenge at France's highest administrative court to overturn the national competition regulator's approval of an Internet streaming platform joint venture between France Télévisions, M6 and TF1, MLex understands.

Last August, the Autorité de la Concurrence approved the creation of Salto, a Netflix-style digital platform and app

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Matthew Newman

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Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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