CSA makes DT radio choices

Pascale Paoli Lebailly

Following last autumn’s call for bids, TV regulatory body CSA announced its selection for the digital-terrestrial radio stations that will be able to start broadcasting by the end of this year, in the cities of Paris, Marseille and Nice.

377 projects had applied but priority was given to operators already broadcasting in each city. The results regarding sixteen other cities will be released later, CSA added.

For the first three cities, CSA selected a total of 55 stations in Paris, 41 in Marseille (vs 32 existing stations), and 40 in Nice (vs 29). TF1 news format LCI Radio, the offspring of news channel LCI, has been chosen for the three cities, along with sport formats RTL-L'équipe (Bertelsmann) and Europe 1 Sport (Lagardère Active) . A teenage format called R20 also got the triple authorization.

Following the results, group NextRadioTV, that owns radio stations RMC, BFM and DTT news channel BFMTV, denounced the CSA’s choices and claimed discrimination. New projects RMC Sport and BFM Bourse were both put aside by CSA. “At the same time, groups Bertelsmann and Lagardère Active, that already own three national networks, as well as TF1, have all been granted new frequencies,” the group added.