Business man Xavier Nielowner of the telecom group Iliad (Free) and shareholder of several securities of hurry – in particular from the Le Monde group –, is a candidate for the resumption of a DTT frequency as part of the renewal of those of TF1 and M6, which expires on May 5, according to a press release from Arcom published on Monday.
Three files have been submitted for the takeover of these channels: those of TF1 and M6, historical holders of existing frequencies, and that of a company of Xavier Niel, whose project called “SIX” shows that it is targeting the current frequency of M6. The hearings of the three candidates by Arcomthe media regulator, will take place on February 15, for an hour and a half each.
A recent failure to buy the M6 group
Xavier Niel is the eighth fortune of Franceaccording to the classification Forbes. With this candidacy, submitted via his company NJJ Projet 5523, he once again shows his interest in television: he had already tried to buy RTL’s stake in the M6 group twice, in May 2021 then in October 2022 after the failure of the merger project between TF1 and M6.
Last fall, the businessman had indeed made a takeover offer in tandem with the Berlusconi family (MediaForEurope group). The owner of M6, the giant German of the Bertelsmann media, had finally chosen to keep the group in its fold.
Launched in December by Arcom, this call for candidates for the renewal of these frequencies is the first since 1987, the year of the privatization of TF1 and the arrival of M6 on the sixth hertzian network.