French TV to reset primetime

Ad-free television involves schedule changes

PARIS -- The Jan. 5 move to ad-free primetime programming on France's public TV networks is already having a ripple effect on the nation's TV schedules.

Pubcaster France Televisions has decided that, once the change takes effect, it will move the start of its primetime programming from 8:50 p.m. to 8:35 p.m.

In response, Franco-German cultural channel Arte announced over the weekend that it will shift its primetime from 9 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and M6 said Tuesday that it will begin primetime programming at 8:35 p.m.

"We're going to advance our primetime so that we can start at the same time as France Televisions at 8:35 p.m.," M6 Group's president Nicolas Tavernost told Gallic newspaper Le Figaro.