*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. – Aut. conc. dec. no. 10-DCC-11 of 26 January 2010 relating to the acquisition of exclusive control by the TF1 group of NT1 and Monte-Carlo Participations (AB group) In July 2009, TF1 notified the Competition Authority (hereinafter 'the Authority') of its proposed acquisition of sole control of the channels TMC and NT1 . TMC and NT1 are among the eighteen free channels available on digital terrestrial television (hereinafter 'DTT') which have been gradually rolled out in France since 2005. The operation was presented by TF1 as defensive, making it possible to put an end to the decline in its audience shares, against a background of an increase in
CASE COMMENTS: MERGERS - FRENCH TELEVISION SECTOR - MARKETS FOR THE ACQUISITION OF TV BROADCASTING RIGHTS - MARKET FOR ADVERTISING ON TV - TWO-SIDED MARKETS - PHASE II -STRENGTHENING OF A PURCHASING POWER - STRENGTHENING OF A DOMINANT POSITION - UNILATERAL EFFECTS - COMMITMENTS
Authorization of concentration: The French Competition Authority issued its first Phase II decision and cleared a transaction in the television sector subject to commitments (TF1/NT1 and Monte-Carlo Participations)
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