Overseas Television

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Since midnight yesterday, most of HanoiTV (and Radio) operations have been halted. This mean that out of all services that they’re operating (90FM, 96FM, Hanoi 1, Hanoi 2, On365FM), only 90FM and 96FM is operating. No reasons are given and the shutdown happened without any notice nor staff even informed.

This is a slide that is currently seen on Hanoi 2 as it’s off air without notice - “Hanoi 2 temporarily interrupt (transmission) for restructure and reorganization. We hope you understand.”

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UPDATE 22/9

UPDATE 2: 4/10

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I don’t understand how anyone thought this merger of the country’s two biggest commercial networks and broadcasting groups would have been approved. In Australian terms, this is the equivalent of a merger between Seven and Nine. Short of one of the networks going bankrupt, no regulator would allow that to go forward.

A closer comparison is more like that there’s a strong chance that the buyer of a privatised Channel 4 in the UK would be ITV - in a diverse media market consolidation like that isn’t too bad - in a multichannel environment it’s much different to where it is 2 of 5 or 6 terrestrial channels like it would have been 20-30 years back.

In Australia it’s a bit different as television never moved to that multi-channel model - so a Seven/Nine merger or something would be a drastic decrease in competition, even now with the lower overall share of broadcast TV in the media landscape.

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Good point, but TF1 and M6 each own a number of free-to-air terrestrial (TNT) channels. The M6 Group includes M6 itself, W9 (get it?), Gulli, 6ter, and Paris Première, while the TF1 Group includes TF1 itself, LCI, TMC, TF1 Séries Films, and TFX. The proposed merger would leave Canal+ as the only major national channel group.