The decision of the Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel (Superior Council of Audiovisual - CSA) dated 16 October 2012 forbids national terrestrial channels to simultaneously broadcast all or part of the same program, unless prior written consent of the CSA. Programs whose characteristics in terms of images and sounds are identical are to be considered as being a same program. The CSA also indicates that two broadcasts of the same program in less than one hour shall be considered as a simulcast. This decision was taken under the principles of programs' diversity and sociocultural expression opinions' pluralism, of which CSA is the guarantor, pursuant to Law n°86-1067 of 30 September 1986.
However the prohibition of simulcasts shall not apply to the broadcasting of debates, declarations of public figures and ceremonies of a particular interest to the public.