In the great TV rights revolution that took place last year, Canal+ was the big loser.
The encrypted channel has lost an almost total monopoly since the end of Médiapro, and Amazon took the opportunity to recover 80% of Ligue 1 at a very advantageous amount. Something to upset the channel of Vincent Bolloré, who believes he is the victim of an injustice, but has precisely seen justice oblige him to continue to broadcast the matches of our championship. Without the Sunday evening poster, which is sorely lacking for the audiences. And also the Canal Football Club show, which lost a good part of its audience, with an estimated drop of 45%. Viewers no longer turn to Canal+ on Sunday evenings, and the program hosted by Hervé Mathoux therefore took an uppercut. Nevertheless, for the one who is still the star presenter of this evening segment on Canal, the work is always done, and even well done.
Largely declining audiences
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Confiding in TV Mag, the former TF1 journalist admitted that Ligue 1 was missing from the “CFC” but that those who remained on Canal + did not regret it. “ We no longer have Ligue 1 rights. We are no longer carried by a Ligue 1 match before and we no longer have Ligue 1 images. So the drop was predictable and we had integrated it. For the economy of Canal +, we always have extremely important audiences”, explained the one whose show has an average of 450,000 viewers. Thanks to a more varied summary than before. “When you have Ligue 1, you present the Paris match, the Lyon match, the Marseille match… Now, you have to dig deep to tell a story. Of course there may be less appetite to go and consume it. There are a lot of people who no longer come because they no longer have the reflex and they have understood that there are no longer images of Ligue 1. But for those who come, we have excellent feedback, because we provide really interesting and qualitative things »underlined Hervé Mathoux, who knows all the same that Canal +, which recovered the rights to the Champions League as a priority, no longer insists much on Ligue 1 since this season.