The French Competition Authority clears, subject to conditions, a merger in the television sector (Canal Plus / Direct 8)

Press Release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority.

The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of Direct 8 and Direct Star by Vivendi and Groupe Canal Plus, subject to conditions* On 23 July 2012, the Autorité de la concurrence cleared the acquisition of Direct 8, Direct Star, Direct Productions, Direct Digital and Bolloré Intermédia by Vivendi and Groupe Canal Plus, subject to several commitments. With the acquisition of the free-to-air channels Direct 8 and Direct Star, Groupe Canal Plus, the largest pay TV operator in France, strengthens it activities in the free-to-air television markets. The Autorité de la concurrence received this transaction's notification on 5 December 2011, but the companies did not satisfy merger filing requirements until 21 February 2012. As a result of the investigation, and following a first

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French Competition Authority, The French Competition Authority clears, subject to conditions, a merger in the television sector (Canal Plus / Direct 8), 23 July 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Media, Art. N° 58544

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