Media regulator Arcom launches |

From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly to Paris

January 5, 2022

Born from the merger between the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) and the anti-piracy authority online High Authority for the dissemination of works and the protection of rights on the Internet (Hadopi), the new French media regulator Arcom is to be January 1st.

The new watchdog is supervised by Roch-Olivier Maistre, former boss of the CSA, and is invested with broader skills in terms of content creation and obligations, copyright and royalties as well as illegal streaming, including in the sports sector. Arcom will also focus more on digital issues, fake news and the fight against harmful content, as well as the regulation of SVoD platforms.

“Although it is only an addition of skills, Arcom will be the support and the engine of a new public policy committed to the modernization of the regulatory power. He will embody the new era of media and audiovisual communication, ”said a statement from the new body.

Among the next mergers and acquisitions files on which he will rule, is the TF1 / M6 merger project. He must notify the Competition Authority before March 31.

Composed of some 355 executives, the new body has a budget of 46.6 million euros.

“Arcom will continue to support the evolution of audiovisual and now digital landscapes, while keeping in perspective the plurality of offers and the economic balance of the sector,” added the press release.

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