French broadcasters have dropped plans to charge international news outlets huge fees for their coverage of ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day. As we reported last week, French president François Hollande gave exclusive rights to coverage of events in France to France Televisions and TF1.
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The broadcasters then announced they would charge up to $272,000 for other news outlets, like the AP and Reuters, for usage. The broadcasters backed down Wednesday, saying “Because of the exceptional character of the event and at the request of the president’s office, the signal will be available for free.”